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