The Water Safety Code

During the school holidays, and in particular in hot weather, increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning.

To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.

Spot the dangers! Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

  • Hidden currents

  • It can be deep

  • No lifeguards

  • Very cold temperatures

  • It is difficult to estimate depth

  • Water pollution may make you ill

  • It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)

  • There may be hidden rubbish like shopping trolleys or broken glass

Safety Advice

National Water Safety Signs

National Water Safety Signs (new window PDF - 258kb)

Last updated: Tuesday 24 April 2018