Stay Safe When Swimming in Open Water

The Telegraph reports: Kate ‘Rew was speaking as news emerged that at least 17 Britons had lost their lives as a result of swimming in quarries and other open water spots during the current heatwave.’

‘Rew had the following advice for would-be open water swimmers:

* Don’t swim when drunk

* Don’t jump in without knowing depth of water

* Make sure you know about currents

* Find out about the swimming place before you get in – both by speaking with people who live locally and checking the Outdoor Swimming Society map

* Before going into the water, make sure you know where you are going to get out

* Swim close to the shore

* Swim with someone else

* Start off swimming modest distances and then build up

Rew said that a lot of difficulties associated with open water swimming came about because water temperatures in lakes, rivers and the sea tended to be considerably lower than in heated swimming pools.’ More…

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