For those who want to take a dip in the water, RoSPA’s advice is that it is best to go to a properly-supervised site, such as a beach, lido or swimming pool.
However, not everywhere - particularly inland waters - has a lifeguard, and there are some important things to consider before you swim or jump in at locations like these. The water might be colder than you were expecting and there might be hazards such as strong currents and debris that you cannot see beneath the surface.
Be honest about your swimming ability and remember that alcohol and swimming do not mix.
Children should never swim alone at these locations, and adults taking them there should have the skills to assess the hazards and know what to do if anything goes wrong.