Respect the Water wherever you are
What do you do if you see someone in trouble in the water?
All too often, people’s first instinct is to go into the water. As a result, too many people drown trying to save others or their pets.
If you see someone in danger of drowning at the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard straight away. Look for something that floats or that they can hold on to and throw it out to them.
Helping you stay safe
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 temperature.
- Have someone watching you from the beach and make sure they are able to call for help.
Near open water
- When you are near open water, keep away from the edge, stick to designated paths and look out for safety signs.
- Keep clear of uneven, unstable or slippery ground.
- Avoid walking alone or at night, and always carry a means of calling for help.
- If you are exploring the coastline, always get local advice on the tide to make sure you don’t get cut off.
On the water
- Carry a means of calling for help in case you do end up in trouble.
- Wear an appropriate flotation device, such as a lifejacket or buoyancy aid – it could save your life.
- If you are going out alone, tell someone ashore your plans and what time you expect to be back.