- Swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, is best, although RoSPA appreciates that not everyone can get to these locations.
- One of the hazards to consider is that water can be a lot colder than you are expecting so be careful if you jump in or go for a swim to cool off.
- Consider wearing a well-fitting wetsuit, which can keep you warm and offer some buoyancy in the water.
- Before you get into the water, consider how you are going to get out again e.g. are there steep banks that might make it difficult to get out?Be honest about your swimming ability.
- Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.
- Parents and carers: discuss the hazards with your children and remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations.
Two people have died in separate incidents which have prompted fresh warnings over the dangers of swimming in open water.
The dangers of cooling off in the heatwave have been highlighted after the bodies of two men were recovered from water spot in Norfolk.