Our goal at The Carefree Boater is to give you information to make your Boating Experiences as Fun and as Safe as possible. Â Here is a great reminder to all of us why we should never swim at a marina. Â
Our top reasons to NEVER swim at a marina.
- Electric shock is probably the most hazardous on this list.Â Electric Shock Drowning occurs when poor wiring on a boat or a marina causes underwater metals to become energized. Â The marina is all tied together to a common electric system, and a short on any boat goes to every boat, and every boat has an out-drive that goes down into the water and is putting current out into the water. Â The strength of this electrical field is determined by how much current is being leaked into the water. Â So at every marina, you have a shock hazard. Â The shock probably won’t kill you directly, but it will knock you out and then you will drown.
- If you jumped in to go swimming there are some obvious and some not so obvious mechanical hazards. Â One of the not so obvious hazards are the many cables that keep the marinas from floating away. Â You can’t see them well, but they are definitely right under the surface and you can hurt yourself very seriously jumping onto those cables.
- An obvious dangerÂ are the boats going in and out of marina. Â These props are basically spinning blades in the water. Â You don’t want to be anywhere near them.
- A hidden danger is carbon monoxide. Â Both outboard motors and generators produce carbon monoxide. Â The carbon monoxide will stay at about 6 inches above the top of the water, right where your head will be when swimming.
- Another hidden danger are the many fishing hooks that have been lost at marinas (you should never fish at a marina without permission). Â There are also lots of fishing lines and other entanglement hazards that can hold you down under water and drown you.
Please don’t swim inside the harbor. Â We can’t stress this enough. Â All of the above marina hazards have resulted in loss of life or limb at many lake marinas.