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School’s out for summer, but don’t forget your water safety lessons

Information to consider when planning your days out and holidays, whilst still having fun and being safe.


When the weather turns warm, the natural thing to do is to be in or around the water. Hanging out by the river or canal on a hot day is a great way to help beat the heat.

But the Environment Agency is warning people not to take unnecessary risks while cooling off and enjoying rivers this summer.

Water can contain hazards, particularly in and around structures such as bridges, locks and flood channels. Unexpectedly cold waters or strong currents can also catch bathers off guard.

Rivers are great places to have fun, get close to nature and spend time with friends and family, but vigilance can save lives and water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe.

Andrew Graham, Waterways Operations Manager for the Environment Agency, said:

Rivers are fantastic places to visit during the summer. However, we want people to enjoy them without putting themselves at risk. At this time of year it might feel warm out of the water but river water is still very cold.

Over the last few years we have worked hard to get the safety message out to children and parents, stressing that people stay away from the edge, that children must be accompanied by an adult and swimming should be confined to recognised swimming areas, swimming pools and lidos.

We often see youngsters jumping off bridges along many of our rivers and, while this may seem like great fun, there are hidden dangers in the water that can cause serious injuries. We are urging parents to supervise their children closely in and around water this summer, and make sure they do not go into the water alone.

The Environment Agency has provided some information to consider when planning your days out and holidays, whilst still having fun and being safe:

Most importantly, parents and guardians can help keep children in their care safe by:

Remember drowning can occur very quickly even in shallow water and the key to keeping safe is to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting into difficulty in the first place.

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