Reminding and Refreshing Beach visitors on Summer Water Safety Tips

The Summer months are a fabulous time to enjoy water activity either at the coast or inland at home and abroad. Unfortunately, some people are prepared to take risks whilst on holiday which they wouldn’t necessarily do and not take some basic precautions.  We are committed to sharing safety messaging to as wide an audience as possible working closely with other organisations and agencies to help prevent drowning incidents.  We are working with the RLSS to support their Drowning Prevention Week by sharing some key safety messages.  Here are the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Summer Water Safety top tips to help keep you safe:

1.  If you’re looking for a place to cool off always find a lifeguarded swimming site.
2.  Water at open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue.

3.  Don’t go too far – Always swim parallel to the shore, that way you’e never too far away from it.

4.  It’s stronger than it looks – Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a riptide – don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current and call for help.

5.  Bring a friend – Always bring a friend when you go swimming so if anything goes wrong you’ve got someone there to help.

What is ‘Cold Water Shock’?

Where is your nearest lifeguarded beach?

Free Children’s Swimming Lessons

Drowning Prevention Week

 


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.