Open water swimming safety

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SWIM SAFE Swim Safe event at Windermere Pictured: Swim Safe event Lake Windermere, Windermere,Thursday, 3rd August 2017 LEANNE BOLGER
SWIM SAFE Swim Safe event at Windermere Pictured: Swim Safe event Lake Windermere, Windermere,Thursday, 3rd August 2017 LEANNE BOLGER
4 August 2017 12:59PM

OPEN water such as the sea and lakes can be both an enjoyable and fun experience.

However, knowledge and understanding of the unforeseen and hidden hazards is a must.

All of the following can be hazards when swimming in open water:

Water Bed

Composition,

Deep/Cold Water,

Offshore Winds,

Manmade Structures,

Tides,

Waves,

Rip Currents,

Sea Life

Conditions when swimming in open water constantly change. Here are some tips to ensure you stay safe.

1. Always look for warning and guidance signs.

2. Check the tidal activity when at the cost.

3. Take guidance from the lifeguards about the safest areas to enter the water, indicated by coloured flags.

4. Swim parallel with the shore (not away from it) in standing depth water.

5. Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold.

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