According to the CDC, death by drowning accidents accounts for thirteen percent of all U.S. citizen deaths abroad. This being the case, be sure to follow the following guidelines from the CDC while on your study abroad/away program.
Learn about health and safety risks at your destination.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Take steps to prevent injury.
Take steps to prevent infections that can spread from contact with water.
All of this advice applies to both novice and experienced swimmers, as even strong swimmers can find it difficult to remove themselves from such powerful natural forces as a rip currents/tides. This being the case, it is important that all program participants understand and follow these guidelines while on their Immerse program, whether that program is based in the United States or abroad.