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11 of the Most Dangerous Places to Swim

About ten people die from unintentional drowning every day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Keep yourself safe by watching where you take a dip.

Athabasca Falls is a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River, approximately 30 kilometres south of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, just west of the Icefields Parkway.Bjoern Alberts/Shutterstock

A river

One feature of a river: the current, which can compromise your ability to swim. Fast-moving water can also knock you off your feet and submerge you. As the U.S. Forest Service points out, drownings frequently happen after someone gets an ankle or leg caught between rocks or tree limbs.

Dock on a Missouri Lake.Sharon Day/Shutterstock

A dock in a marina

You may not be aware of a term called "electric shock drowning," but it happens when a low-level electrical current in the water causes paralysis so that the person can't swim, explains the nonprofit Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association. (It's akin to taking a plugged-in hair dryer into the bath with you.) The majority of cases happen around marinas and docks due to writing or boats, and there's no way to tell if there's an electrical current in the water. Electricity is nothing to mess with—these are 11 deadly electricity myths that everyone should know.

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