Dangers of open water:
- The water may look calm on the surface, but there can be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under the water.
- The water may feel warm on the surface, but just a few feet below the surface it can be icy cold. The cold water can affect stamina and strength of swimmers.
Key safety tips for staying safe near water:
- Alcohol and swimming do not mix! Stay out of the water if you have been drinking.
- Never let any children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
- Never interfere with lifesaving equipment - you might need it yourself.
- Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club.
Parents please make sure your children are aware of the dangers!
It is Drowning Prevention Week please visit http://www.rlss.org.uk for more info.
For more water safety advice please visit: http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/water-safety/