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Last updated: January 2020

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Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during daylight hours; this is called fasting.


During periods of fasting, it may be helpful to advise swimmers of the effect their fast may have on their safety in the water. Below is suggested text for a public information leaflet.

If you are currently observing a fasting period, please be aware that:
Morning swimming - swimming shortly after consuming a large breakfast may result in stomach pain, cramps, and vomiting.
Evening swimming - you may tire and dehydrate more quickly whilst swimming, which may lead to dizziness whilst you are in the water.

It may be worth considering what time of day you will get the most out of your swim rather than simply sticking to your standard routine.

If you start to feel dizzy or unwell in any way during your swim, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Lifeguard Team.


Where appropriate, all lifeguards should be made aware that swimmers may be observing a fast and informed about what fasting involved and what effect this may have on swimmers.

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