Bedfordshire Police are urging people to think twice before jumping in the nearest lake or river to cool off ahead of the summer holidays.
The force is advising people to avoid risky open water areas, that could conceal strong undercurrents.
Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites.
It's instead encouraging people to pay a visit to the county’s many leisure centres and lidos instead.
Those walking, running or cycling near open water should also ensure they stay well clear of bank edges to avoid trips and falls.