6 Waterfall Safety Tips

Waterfalls are magical natural wonders sprinkled across the world. They vary in size, which makes small waterfalls a welcome sight after a long hike.

You may be tempted to dive right into the pool of water at the bottom of a fall or try to climb to get underneath the fall itself. But before you do, make sure you keep the following waterfall safety tips in mind.

Waterfall Safety Tips

1. Never climb on or around waterfalls.

Deaths occur every year from daring hikers and tourists wanting to get closer to the waterfall. People climb on or around the fall and end up falling themselves.

Itís a tragedy that someone should get hurt when experiencing something so beautiful while having a good time. Your concerted efforts to remain safe while enjoying these sites will you keep you and your loved ones safe.

2. Never play in a stream or river above a waterfall.

The area above a waterfall can be one of the most dangerous places at the site. The water in this area can be turbulent with swift, unexpected changes. You could easily be swept over the waterfall into a rocky pool below.

3. Watch out for hidden sharp edges in the waters below a waterfall.

Natural bodies of water hide various shapes and sizes of rocks beneath the surface. Some edges will be soft and smooth, while others will be sharp.

Make careful and purposeful steps as you feel your way around the pool. Better yet,†wear water shoes (not flip-flops) to prevent yourself from accidentally getting cut.

Waterfalls are magical. But you have to practice these waterfall safety tips to make sure you both have fun AND live to tell the tale.

4. Be careful of slippery rocks near the waterfall.

Due to the large volume of water rushing over the cliff, itís natural for mist to spray to either side of the waterfall. Rocks up and down the waterfall become coated in this fine spray. In addition to the spray, moss or algae may be coating the surfaces of rocks around a waterfall.

This combination makes for extra slippery rocks. Be careful with your footing as you walk along the side of†any waterfall.

5. Donít visit a waterfall alone.

Always take a partner or group with you on hikes to†a waterfall. If something were to happen, then someone would be there to assist your or at least call for rescue.

6. Donít jump from a waterfall, if you canít see the bottom.

If the water is dark and murky, then you need to check to see what the bottom consists of before jumping. Better yet, donít jump at all.

If you want to jump from†a waterfall, then do so only if the water is clear and the bottom pool is deep enough without any rocks near your landing zone.

Final Thoughts

Most waterfalls are in remote locations, which would make it difficult for rescue crews to get to you quickly, if there†were an emergency. Heed these safety tips to make your next trip to the waterfall fun and safe.

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Peggy B
Peggy B8 days ago

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Danii P
Danii P8 days ago

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Danii P8 days ago

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Danii P10 days ago

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Danii P10 days ago

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Janis K
Janis K12 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R15 days ago

Good tips for people who shouldn't be there at all....

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Danii P
Danii P16 days ago

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Danii P16 days ago

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