Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of open water safety. The basic principles of open water safety, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase the enjoyment of open water and significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year.
The benefits of swimming and dipping in open water are well documented. Not only does being in or on open water allow new adventure it also has documented benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing. All of these hazards can be controlled through proper organisation and planning.
Our #BePrepared hub has everything you need to enjoy open water safely.
Click here to take our free online water safety toolkit and understand basic self-survival and rescue
Acclimatising to cold water is an important step in enjoying a safe open water swim. We worked with Professor Greg Whyte to launch a Cold Water Exposure 2 Week Home Plan.
The RLSS UK guidance notes for organising lifesaving and lifeguarding of open water training and assessment.