Avoid swimming after heavy rainfall as this may make the water quality worse.
Avoid swimming where an algal bloom is present.
Check for any warning signs about the water and follow the advice given.
Cover any cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters
Stay out of the water if you have had alcohol or taken drugs
Avoid swimming alone - if you have to, make sure you have told someone where you are going.
Plan how you will get into and out of water.
Don’t jump or dive if you do not know if it is safe.
Wear a wetsuit suitable for the water temperature and take plenty of warm clothes (including hat and gloves) for after your swim.
Know what to do if you accidentally fall into cold water
Know what to do if you are stung by a jelly fish, weever fish or other creatures
When you are in contact with the water:
Try not to swallow the water as you swim.
If you get into trouble in the water, try to relax, stay calm and float to live.
Keep a close eye on children, even those who can swim, and stay within arm’s length of them.
Be aware of other activities that are going on around you in the water.
After your contact with the water:
Dress quickly when you finish your swim to get warm. A warm, non-alcoholic drink will also help you warm up.
Clean any wounds as soon as possible after leaving the water.
In general, whenever you have been contact with the sea, river, lake or any other open water, it is a good idea to wash your hands before eating and to wash your body with clean, fresh water as soon as possible.
If you do feel unwell after having contact with water seek medical advice as soon as possible.