Care to be Aware: VCU Rec Sports River Safety APRIL WEEK 2

Few TIPS to be Safe in the River

  • Wear a lifejacket
  • Never swim alone
  • Learn to swim
  • Never swim under a raft or dock
  • If the rapid swept you up, make sure to first float your feet to protect your head
  • Wear closed-toe shoes in the water
  • Leave valuables away from the river
  • Be cautious at all times
  • Never consume alcoholic beverages near the water that will impair your actions and behavior
  • Avoid poison ivy leaves along the paths in the Park
Poison Ivy leaves: "Leaves of three -- let them be."

Use the following recommendations to treat a rash:

  • Rinse your skin with soap and lukewarm water
  • Wash your clothing
  • Wash everthing that may have oil on its surface
  • Do not scratch the rash and leave blisters alone!
  • Take short lukewarm water baths
  • Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to help with the rash
  • Use a wet cloth without any drips of water and apply cool compresses on the rash
  • Use with caution antihistamine pills
  • If the rash is serious, seek medical help by going to the emergency room or calling 911

Watch these quick videos below for more tips on river safety!

The Outdoor Adventure Program serves VCU students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests by providing low-cost outdoor activity-based trips, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, caving, hiking, backpacking and skiing.

Visit the link below for more details on the different activities offered!

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