Whatever you’re doing
It's easier than you think to get into trouble in the water.
- Be aware of the dangers.
- Know your limits and don’t take risks.
- Go with your mates and look out for each other.
- Make sure your phone is charged, so you can call for help.
Remember, most people who die in the water don’t even intend to get wet.
At the beach
- Go to a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
- Before going into the sea, consider your ability and the conditions; swimming in the sea is very different to swimming in a pool.
- When you enter the water, take time to acclimatise to the water temperature.
- Have someone watching you from the beach and make sure they have a means of calling for help.
Near open water
- Keep away from the edge, stick to designated paths and read safety signs.
- Beware of uneven, unstable or slippery ground.
- Avoid walking alone or at night, and always carry a means of calling for help.
- If exploring the coastline, always get local advice on the tide to make sure you don’t get cut off.
On the water (for example: sailing, fishing, kayaking)
- Carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.
- Wear an appropriate personal flotation device - it could save your life.
- If you are going out alone, tell someone ashore your plans and what time you expect to be back.
Find out more on RNLI.org