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Advice for staying safe around water

  • Don't jump or dive into open water unless you know the depth; submerged objects such as rocks may not be visible and can cause serious injuries
  • Be aware that there may be strong currents, even where the water surface appears calm
  • Avoid weirs, locks, pipes and sluices
  • Take note of warning signs, safety information or flags near the water's edge
  • Water can be very cold even in summer, causing cramp and breathing difficulties – these can affect even the strongest swimmer
  • Keep away from the river's edge and closely supervise young children at all times
  • Wear the recommended safety equipment for your activity, e.g life jackets/helmets
  • Be warned: airbeds, etc. can be carried into deep water and may not keep you afloat
  • Alcohol may impair your ability and judgment; never go swimming under the influence of alcohol
  • Get trained in life-saving and resuscitation techniques
  • Teach children to swim and not to go into the water alone

Quarry safety

Quarries are dangerous places, even for the most competent of swimmers. The water can be very deep and cold, putting you at risk of hypothermia and cold shock, which can prevent your muscles from functioning properly. Loose, slippery sides can make it difficult to climb out while unseen machinery and obstacles beneath the water can cause serious life-changing injuries or even death.

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