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Water safety

Never be in or around water on your own, you should always be with an adult or go where there are lifeguards to help you if you need it. 

Think about these water safety tips if you go near or in water when playing with your friends. This could be a river, a lake, a swimming pool or any other type of water.

Cold Water  

UK water is colder than you think and could make you so cold its dangerous. 

If you feel cold, or your body starts to shake, get out of the water straight away and warm up with dry clothes and move around. Star-jumps, or running around can help you warm up quickly. 

Slipping on rocks 

If you are outside, wet rocks can make you slip and maybe hit your head. Always be careful and don’t run around near water, even at the swimming pool. 

Jumping and Diving 

Always check how deep the water is before jumping or diving in, and lookout for rocks, branches, or rubbish that might be in the water.  

If there are any “No Diving” or “No Swimming” signs, keep out of the water. 

Fast flowing Water 

Moving water or under water currents can be strong even if they don’t look it and may carry you away from safety. 

Riddle me this!

What should you do If you feel cold or start to shiver when you’re in water?
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If you see someone in trouble in the water, NEVER jump in the water yourself. You should keep calm, shout for help and phone 999 if there’s no one around.
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Page last reviewed: 13-06-2024

Next review due: 13-06-2027