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Water Safety Code

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous.

Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

Stop and think - spot the dangers

On average, 18 under-18s drown every year in the UK.

Based on accidental & natural cause water related fatalities 2015 - 2019.
Source: WAID

There are many dangers with water, which can include:

  • It can be very cold
  • There may be hidden currents
  • It can be difficult to get out (steep slippery banks)
  • It can be deep
  • There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
  • There may be no lifeguards there
  • It is difficult to estimate depth
  • It may be polluted and may make you ill

Stay together

  • It is always better to go to the water with a friend or family member
  • Children should always go near water with an adult
  • An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.


If you fall into the water unexpectedly – float until you can control your breathing. Then call for help or swim to safety.

Call 999

You may be able to help yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.

If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Fire Service at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.

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