Educating adults and teenagers about Wild Swimming water safety
Wild Swimming is great fun but remember no one is drownprof; a life lost in a swimming incident will impress no one. First: learn to swim well.
Don’t drink and drown!
Alcohol and drugs boost confidence but reduce ability.
Don’t swim alone!
Stay close enough to others to give and receive help if necessary.
Swim only in clear unpolluted water. Don’t let weeds or submerged rocks take you by surprise.
Check the depth!
Dive into water that is too shallow and you could break your neck and end up paralyzed.
Check the waters depth first and then keep a lookout for others so that you don’t dive or jump onto them.
Protect your feet!
Wear foot protection. Trainers are ideal; they soon dry and may even smell sweeter after a dip.
Adjust to the cold!
Let your body adjust to cold water and stay close to the bank or shore. If you get cold GET OUT and warm up before cramp or exhaustion rob you of options.
Getting out of trouble!
If swept out to sea by a riptide, swim parallel to the shore until out of the rip. THEN start swimming directly back to land staying clear of the rip. If you get tired float on your back for a while and take a rest.
If swept downstream float on your back with your feet in front of you toes to the surface. Bend your knees so that your feet will cushion you should you run into an obstruction without jarring your spine. Move towards an eddy where the current is slack to get out.
Reader’s responsibility: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, anyone who decides to swim in open water should remember that this is not entirely without risk. Neither the author nor the publishers will be held legally or financially responsible for any accident, injury, loss or inconvenience sustained as a result of the information or advice contained herein.