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. 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.
Where is your nearest lifeguarded beach?