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Currents pose a danger of being knocked off your feet and swept away. Often currents are hidden under water
Look for visible currents in the water and warning signs along the bank. Be aware that there may be hidden currents
The depth of the water in rivers can be very unpredictable because of the uneven river bed. Depth also changes throughout the year depending on the level of rainfall
Enter the water cautiously to test its depth. Just because it was safe one time, doesn’t mean it will be safe again.
Rocks can be slippery and cause a trip hazard. Hidden rocks in the water can cause injury and cuts from rocks can become seriously infected if the water is polluted.
Be careful when moving in shallow water and do not jump in when you cannot see what is underneath
Fast moving water with strong currents moving over rocks can take you away from safety very quickly
Avoid this area if you are swimming or walking. If you are rafting, kayaking, or gorge walking, approach with caution
River water can be very cold, even in the summer. The effects from jumping into cold water can be fatal
Do not get into water without testing its temperature first. Never jump in.
Broken bottles, cans and other debris can cause cuts and injuries
Look for rubbish and debris that may be hidden in the water
Tree roots may destabilise the river bank, making it more likely to collapse if you get near the edge. Tree roots are also a trip hazard
Stay away from the edge
The banks around rivers are often slippery or unstable and can cause you to fall in
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