Safety tips 

Below are a series of safety tips for open water swimming taken from the RNLI.

Swim with a buddy

Swimming with someone else is fun and means there is somebody to help you should you get into difficulty.

It’s always a good idea to tell somebody on shore where you are swimming and what time you plan to be back. They can then raise an alarm and ask for help if you are overdue back.


Know your swimming spot

  • If at a lifeguarded beach, swim between the red and yellow flags or ask lifeguards for advice about conditions on the day.
  • Check you can enter and exit the water safely
  • Hazards – tides move quickly and conditions can change rapidly. 
  • What the tides are doing and how this may affect hazards
  • Learn how to spot a rip current 

What to do if you get stuck in a rip current: –

Don’t try to swim against it. If you can stand, try to wade rather than swim. Next, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore. Raise your hand and shout for help.

Equipment for open water swimming

Wetsuit – will help to keep you warm and increase your buoyancy in the water.

Tow float – a tow float with internal storage means you can take a mobile phone in a waterproof case to call for help if needed. It will also help you to be seen in the water by other swimmers, water users and Search and Rescue.

Help – a mobile phone can be used to call for help. Also an ISO 12402-8 safety whistle can be used to attract attention or notify other water users of your location.



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