Advice for staying safe around water


  • Never swim in open water when there are no life-guards present
  • Stop and think – spot the dangers. Don’t jump or dive into open water; submerged objects such as rocks may not be visible and can cause serious injuries
  • Stay together
  • Be aware that there may be strong currents, even where the water surface appears calm
  • Weirs, locks, pipes and sluices are especially dangerous.
  • Take note of warning signs, safety information or flags near the water’s edge.
  • Water can be very cold even in summer, causing cramp and breathing difficulties – these can affect even the strongest swimmer
  •   Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
  • Keep away from the river’s edge and closely supervise young children at all times
  • Wear the recommended safety equipment for your activity, e.g. life jackets/helmets
  • Alcohol may impair your ability and judgment; never go swimming under the influence of alcohol
  • In an emergency, float
  • Call 999 or 112 in an emergency.

Website: Water safety code on ROSPA 

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