School holidays are well underway and the beach is a fantastic place to be.
If you’re heading to the coast, have fun and stay safe, choose a lifeguarded beach, where trained professionals are on hand to keep you and your family safe.
Key safety tips for staying safe near water this summer
- Alcohol and swimming do not mix - stay out of the water if you have been drinking.
- Never let children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
- Never interfere with water safety equipment, it might be needed to save a life – maybe yours!
- Swimming in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds is dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club.
Open Water Swimming
Join a club for open water swimming
For anyone wishing to pursue open water swimming there are a number of clubs that offer supervised sessions.
To find out more or to locate a club near you to visit:
Interview with Chief Fire Officer
Dawn Whittaker, Chief Fire Officer, discussing an awareness campaign of the risks of swimming in fast-flowing or deep water.
News Item from BBC Sussex 03 August 2017
The danger of swimming in cold, fast-flowing or deep water.