Midsummer’s Nightmare (USPHS and American Red Cross, 1961)


This film illustrates how quickly the pleasures of the beach, lake, pool, and water sports can turn dangerous when safety practices are not followed, such as wearing a life jacket, maintaining a close eye on small children, and learning how to swim, preferably when young. The film notes that drowning is second only to auto accidents as a cause of fatal accidents. The film also urges that one never swim alone, nor overestimate stamina. A swimmer can overdo it and become weak. When boating, enter small crafts carefully and if you fall out, hang onto the boat rather than trying to swim to shore.


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