Be water aware

Cooling off in rivers, canals, ponds, quarries and lakes can have deadly consequences.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people, particularly children and teenagers, not to swim anywhere other than in purpose-built and supervised swimming pools unless they are members of an organised swimming group.

If you spot someone in trouble in the water, please use 999 to call Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Video - water safety tips

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Dangers - open water

  • The water may look calm on the surface, but there can be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under the water.

  • The water may feel warm on the surface, but just a few feet below the surface it can be icy cold.  The cold water can affect stamina and strength of swimmers.

Key safety tips for staying safe near water

  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix - stay out of the water if you have been drinking.

  • Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.

  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment - you might need it yourself.

  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club.  

Join a club for open water swimming

For anyone wishing to pursue open water swimming there are a number of clubs that offer supervised sessions.

To find out more or to locate a club near to you visit:

Links to water safety information

Please use the links below to find out more about water safety:

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