Each year individuals drown on holiday so being aware of the basic principles of water safety on holiday, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce the number of deaths each year.

People preparing for their summer holidays should ensure simple advice is followed by all members of the family.

Water Safety on Holiday Top Tips

  • You are your families lifeguard - Lifeguard standards differ outside of the UK and Ireland. Always supervise children and keep them within arms length
  • Do your research - check the safety arrangements of any water-based activities and if there is lifeguard cover at the pool/beach and know what to do and who to call in an emergency
  • Do not use inflatables in open water - Inflatable dinghies or lilos are a well-known hazard – each year there are a high number of incidents where people on inflatables are blown out to sea. 
  • Make sure the whole family can swim and know basic water safety - click here to take our free, online toolkit
  • Check bathing sites for hazards, check the safest places to swim and always read the signs – find out what local warning signs and flags mean

Further Tips

  • Swim with any children in your care – it’s more fun and you can keep them close and safe
  • Follow the pool rules
  • Take time to check the depth, water flow and layout of pools
  • Never enter the water after drinking alcohol
  • On beaches check when the tide will be high and low and make sure that you won’t be cut off from the beach exit by the rising tide. Also be aware of dangerous rip-currents
  • Do not swim near to or dive from rocks, piers, breakwater or coral
  • Swim parallel to the beach and close to the shore