Water activities can be a fun and a great way to stay fit however they can also be very dangerous. Many people who have suffered incidents in water never intended to enter the water in the first place. We would discourage the public to swim open waters (such as canals, lakes, rivers and seas). Remember! If you spot anyone who appears in danger in open water, call 999 immediately.
The Water Safety Code
To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.
Spot the dangers! Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in open water.
The dangers of water include:
- Hidden currents
- No lifeguards
- Very cold temperatures
- It is difficult to estimate depth
- Water pollution may make you ill
- It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
- There may be hidden rubbish like shopping trolleys or broken glass
To help keep you safe near open water, please visit the websites below for further information and advice should you or anyone you know get into trouble near/in open water:
Click here to view a PDF of ROSPA’s water safety signs.
Fires on boats have killed 30 boaters in the last 20 years. Most fires are preventable; follow our tips and advice on how to protect your boat and crew from fire, and what to do should a fire break out. The video below is courtesy of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service: