When the weather gets hot, people head for the water to cool off -- and water rescue officials keep a sharp eye out for incidents.

The upcoming heat wave has emergency response workers concerned.

We've had a few rescues already this year, and I think everybody's getting started. We spend a lot of time early in the year training lifeguards, said Kathy Whitman, Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics manager.

Rescuers have already responded to a number of incidents, including two drownings last weekend and 10 total fatal boating accidents this year.

Whitman said that life jackets and beaches with life guards are the best bet when it's time to take a dip.

That water temp is refreshing on a hot day but it also has some impacts on the way your body is able to move and respond, Whitman said.

Some other water safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated and stretch before you go swimming to keep from cramping up
  • Steer clear of alcohol before swimming
  • Wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket and swim at a life-guarded beach

Life guards are on duty at nine Seattle beaches between noon and 7 p.m. daily. See beach schedules and life-guarded locations at the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.

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