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SWIMMING IN OPEN WATERS ADVICE

  • Posted On: 3 August 2021
  • Author: Colburn
SWIMMING IN OPEN WATERS  ADVICE

DANGERS OF OPEN WATER SWIMMING

 

The recent hot weather has led to a spate of tragic water incidents on beaches and in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and canals so we've joined forces with multiple organisations across Yorkshire to encourage everyone to learn about the dangers of open water swimming.

Since last summer, there have been at least 180 inland water incidents across Yorkshire, 18 of which resulted in fatalities. Across the country, in just 10 days between 10 and 20 July, there were 10 coastal deaths.

Knowing and understanding the hazards of open water – both inland and at the coast – could save your life. So please remember:

• do not drink and dive - alcohol and swimming do not mix! Alcohol badly affects judgement, swimming ability and body temperature

• stick together – whether they swim with you or watch from the shore, always make sure you have someone with you who can call for help if you get into difficulties. Always keep an eye on non-swimmers and children, even in shallow areas as they may unexpectedly drop off steeply

• read the signs – literally, read the signs! If the landowner has put signage up saying the water isn’t safe to enter please take notice. There could be dangerous currents, obstacles or poor water quality, even if it looks okay on the surface

• acclimatise - cold water shock kills. As hot as it may be on land, water bodies in Yorkshire remain very cold all year round. Jumping or diving into cold water can cause a gasp reflex, which may cause you to inhale water, followed by hyperventilating which can lead to panic and possibly drowning. Paddling/wading gives your body the chance to adjust to the temperature and helps reduce the risk

• what lies beneath – unexpected obstacles, machinery, strong rips or currents and hidden depths are all dangers to experienced and non-experienced swimmers alike

• if in doubt, stay out – if you’re at all unsure of the water temperature, depth or quality, or don’t know if there are hidden dangers (e.g. obstacles, currents), don’t risk it. Swim at a lifeguarded area instead

Read more at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/.../yorkshire-organisations

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