Swimming is the number one recreational activity in Texas. Swimming also accounts for half of the water-related deaths in the state each year. There are some precautions that apply in any water. The most important are obvious, but bear repeating.
If you cannot master the complete technique, at least learn to tread water so you can yell or wave your arms for attention should you find yourself in difficulty. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability.
Don’t rely on Inner tubes, plastic air mattresses. They may have a place, but it certainly is not in the open waters of the Gulf. Too many times the unexpected happens – the inflatable springs a leak, you lose your balance or someone accidentally tips you over. Whatever the cause, the result is the same – you suddenly find yourself in water over your head with the inflatable out of reach. For a non-swimmer, this may prove fatal.
Remember: Swim where trained lifeguards are on duty.