With the promise of warmer weather and our typical holiday season, we understand that many are tempted to venture for a swim in open waters. While most open water swimmers enjoy themselves completely safely, we want to stress the importance of being aware of the potential dangers of taking a dip in the sea at this time of year and urge people to only enter the water at lifeguarded sites and avoid swimming in lakes or rivers.
Cold water shock is another danger associated with outdoor swimming as the temperatures of open water, such as rivers and lakes, can be much colder than anticipated, especially in fast flowing sections. Cold water removes heat from the body 32 times faster than cold air causing cold shock – gasping, cramps, and inhalation of water, heart attack, stroke, and rapid drowning.
Respect the water whilst you are enjoying your summer
- Be alert to the dangers.
- Know your limits and don’t take risks.
- Don’t be near or in water alone.
- Have a charged phone with you in case you need to call for help.