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Swimming - Go wild, stay safe

Swimming - Go wild, stay safe

thinking of doing more sea or river swimming? here are some RNLI safety tips:

  • cold water shock can occur within seconds of sudden immersion in cold water, causing a gasping reaction and an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. It is the major cause of drowning
  • use a wetsuit that keeps you warm and comfortable, allowing your body to perfrom more efficiently
  • read the safety signs - they will providelocal specific hazard information
  • join a local club or go with other Sea Rangers. It's more run to swim with friends and safer too - see outdoorswimmingsociety.com
  • swimming in the sea can be challenging - practise in a pool!
  • if you get caught in a rip current, try to stay clm and don't panic. If you can swim parallel to the beach until free from the rip, then make for the shore
  • understand tides. Tide times can be found at tourist information centres, in local papers and online at easytide.com
  • find out about the local beach before you visit. Check both the water quality  and whether lifeguards are present by logging onto goodbeachguide.co.uk
  • swim between the red and yellow flags on lifeguarded beaches
  • if you get into difficulty, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • if you see someone else in trouble, find a lifeguard or diall 999 and ask for the coastguard

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