Dying for a dip?
Water is dangerous, only swim at properly supervised pools
The dangers of swimming in canals, rivers and lakes are as follows:
- If you get into trouble, there will be no lifeguards to help you
- The water is often a lot colder than you expect – which can make your body ‘seize up’ and be unable to move. Just because you can swim well in a heated swimming pool doesn't mean you'll be able to swim well in cold water
- There may be hidden currents.
- It can be deep and it's difficult to estimate how deep it is before you get in
- You might not be able to get out! Often people can't get out of the water due to steep slimy banks or sides
- There is no way of knowing what lies under the surface of the water. There could be shopping trolleys, opened tin cans or broken bottles to mention a few
- If the water is polluted, it could make you seriously ill! For example, Weil’s disease is a form of infection that can be caught through contact with contaminated fresh water.
Never drink alcohol during or just before swimming - or any other water-related activity such as boating and water skiing.