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  • Avoid swimming after heavy rainfall (more than 10 mm) – typically for one day in coastal waters, or up to three days in rivers or estuaries.
  • Look around and assess the water quality before you go in. Avoid water that is discoloured, murky or smells unpleasant.
  • Avoid swimming in warm, slow moving or stagnant water.
  • Look for any drains actively flowing into the water. If you see one, find somewhere else to swim.
  • If you see sick or dead marine life, avoid the water.
  • Check for any advisory signs and follow their advice.
  • If you have an open wound or infection, avoid swimming.
  • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhoea or are vomiting.

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Reviewed on: 06-09-2017