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We understand when the weather gets warmer people and families want to relax by lakesides and are tempted to play in the water.

We advise people not to enter the water as although it may look calm and pleasant it is not known what is underneath the surface of the water.

Is someone’s in difficulty call 999 and shout for help. Do not enter the water. Encourage the person to float, throw them rescue equipment.

If you find yourself in difficulty in cold water, follow these steps:
  • Try not to panic
  • Float on your back
  • Don't struggle. Your clothes will have air in them that will help you float easier
  • After 60 to 90 seconds, the cold water shock will pass and you will be able to breath more easily, so you can swim to safety

Float to live 

Key safety tips

Whenever you are near water:

  • Look for the dangers and always read the signs. Stop and think before you jump in hazards lie beneath the water.
  • Never swim alone. Always go with friends or family.
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
  • The water will be much colder than you think and can send your body into shock, making it difficult to breath and causing cramping and even death.