Water Safety

As temperatures rise in the British summertime, you or your family may be tempted to cool off with a swim in a local river or lake or in the sea. Make sure you know the DANGERS of swimming in open water

When you are out and about around Greater Manchester's waterways you can stay safe by:

  • Never jumping into or swimming in open water (including reservoirs, rivers, canals and ponds). Cold Water Shock can kill in 60 seconds, you never know what's lurking beneath the surface, and under-water currents can be deadly.

  • Letting someone know where you are going and when you are coming back, if possible

  • Taking any warning or safety signs seriously

  • Looking out for hazards around water and sticking to proper pathways

  • Never entering the water to rescue your dog - who will rescue you?

Canal Safety

Reservoirs and Open Water Safety

Beach Safety

Water Safety Partnership

Educational Activities

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