What are the hazards of swimming?

When swimming, among the hazards to consider are that water can be a lot colder than you are expecting so be careful if you jump in or go for a swim to cool off. Also, there may be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank. Before you get into the water, consider how you are going to get out again. Be honest about your swimming ability.

Source: Warm weather water safety advice from RoSPA @ Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

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  • Warm weather water safety advice from RoSPA @ Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

    Excerpt: David Walker, RoSPA’s leisure safety manager, said: “RoSPA’s advice is to swim at properly-supervised sites, such as lifeguarded beaches, lidos or swimming pools. However, we appreciate that not everyone can get to these locations and understand the temptation to go swimming in inland waters like rivers and lakes, especially during warm weather. Among the hazards to consider at inland waters are that, even on a hot day, water can be a lot colder than you are expecting and there may be strong currents and underwater debris. As well as considering physical hazards like these, it’s really important to be honest about your ability to look after yourself and others around you.”

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