1. What are your limits?
Only go into waters if you can swim safely and feel good. Never with a full or empty stomach. And do not overestimate your fitness. It is best to train the planned distance in advance in the pool until you master it without any effort.
2. Do you know the water well enough?
Inform yourself about peculiarities such as danger spots, currents, shipping, nature reserves or prohibitions. The more you know about the water the better you can assess whether it fits your abilities and is suitable for you.
3. Do not swim alone
Do not go into the water alone and tell friends about your plans. So you are additionally secured and avoid a possible false alarm.
4. How can you orient yourself?
Trees, towers, flags or similar landmarks can help you navigate in the water.
5. The weather forecast on site
Inform yourself about weather, waves, currents and wind forecasts. In thunderstorms and strong currents, staying in the water is very dangerous. Take special care when swimming in the sea: the tides can cause unpredictable currents.
6. Are you already mastering the technique perfectly?
With the right technique in the water you will not only be faster and more enduring you also protect your body by avoiding wrong movements. Swimming lessons are available for beginners as well as advanced students, for example at the DLRG. Detailed information about the offer in your region is provided by the local groups of DLRG.
Some of the largest local groups in Germany can be found right here:
You can also find technique trainings on youtube.