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Water Safety

Water Safety

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.


tilly baker poster RoSPA
Download the water safety poster
Want more information on how to stay safe near the water this summer? Visit RoSPA