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Water Safety

Being active on or near the water is a great way to enjoy and experience the Scottish countryside, but whether you are an experienced swimmer or just fancy dipping your toes in to cool off, it’s important that you are informed and prepared before getting in the water.

Around 140 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish waters each year, and over half never even planned to enter the water. It's important you know what to do in an emergency so you can help without putting yourself in danger. There are two simple skills you should know that could save a life:

If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, float to increase your chances of survival.
If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

Water Risks

Cold water shock can be triggered in water with temperatures lower than 15⁰C.

The average temperature of UK waters is 12⁰C. That means that even in the summer, the water temperature is cold enough to cause cold water shock, which can leave you helpless in seconds.

Rip currents can travel up to speeds of 4.5mph, and can pull even the strongest swimmers out to open water. While unexpected waves can quickly knock you off your feet.

Floating can increase your chances of survival from cold water shock and rip currents, see the video below for more detail.

Float to Live

  • Do not thrash around or call out at first

  • Leaning back, extend your arms and legs out and to the sides

  • If needed, gently move your arms and legs around to help you stay stable and afloat

  • Float until you have your breath back under control

  • Finally, call for help, swim to safety or continue floating until help arrives

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