Water safety is always something to keep in mind--whether as an experienced or inexperienced enthusiast. Experts say you just never know what can happen. It can be a medical or a safety issue.
That's why two scuba instructors--locals with extensive experience in rough waters--say you always have to be prepared. Carole and Anthony Anderson own Lackawanna's Phoenix Scuba and Watersports.
They say the first thing that any one needs to know before heading into the water is the environment.
From the waves to the winds, knowing what's around you can help avoid possible dangerous situations. Their second piece of advice: wear a life jacket, wet suit or safety device.
The last tip: have a buddy. Having someone watching out both in and out of the water could save your life. Make sure to set a timeframe for how long you may be out on the water and have someone on land check in just in case that time is missed.