California is blessed with an abundance of water this year. As the temperature heats up, it might be tempting to swim and cool off in irrigation ditches and canals full of cold water. However, you are taking a real safety risk, especially if you don’t know how to swim.
Fast underwater currents, especially in irrigation canals, can knock people down and quickly sweep them away. Irrigation canals often have steep, slippery sides that are almost impossible to climb. Some canals have culverts and gratings that might trap a person.