Water Safety Advice

Stay SAFE near water

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Created on Tuesday, 27 February 2007 Written by NSVL

Water is dangerous, so always stay SAFE when you're near the water...

Spot the dangers

There are many dangers with open water, such as the cold, rocks, waves, currents, boats, surfboards.... Keep your eyes open and stay away from anything that looks dangerous!

Always go with someone

if you go alone there's no one to help you if you get into trouble - children should never go to the beach without an adult.

Find the safety information

Information is provided for your safety, so read the safety signs and obey the flags. If you're unsure ask a lifeguard! See below for flags you should know.

Emergency action

NEVER jump in the water to save someone - you could end up needing to be rescued yourself!

If you spot someone in danger:

  • Shout for help
  • If you are able, reach out to them with a stick, rope, or clothing and pull them in. Make sure to lie down on the ground so you don't get pulled into the water. Alternatively, try and throw them something which will float like a lifering, ball or empty pop bottle with the lid on.
  • If no one arrives to help, use your mobile phone or go to the nearest phone box and phone 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. Tell them where you are (use local landmarks or code signs (see left) if you are unsure) and explain what has happened.
  • Wait for help to arrive. If you have got the person out of the water try and keep them out of the wind and put layers of clothing round their body and head.

If you are in trouble in the water:

  • Raise one arm, and shout for help
  • Try to keep your head out of the water
  • If you are being dragged out to sea, try to swim in line with the shore until you are free from the current
  • Keep hold of anything that floats

Beach Safety Flags you should know

Red and yellow flag Always swim between the red and yellow flags - that's where the lifeguards are watching you! Red and yellow flag
Black and white flag Never swim where you see black and white flags - this is an area for surfing only and will be dangerous to swim in Black and white flag
Red flag Never swim where you see a red flag - red means DANGER! If there are no lifeguards then you shouldn't go in the water. Danger - no lifeguards
Beach Safety Sign

School safety talkBeach Safety Talks

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