Water Safety Code

Surrey Swim School lesson

Always use the Water Safety Code

The sea, lakes, rivers, canals and hotel pools are fun places but remember it is not always the same as swimming in your local pool. The water will be colder and it may make you tired quickly. There could be currents and there may not be lifeguards to keep an eye on you. But you can still enjoy the water if you are prepared and sensible.


1. Spot Danger

•  Lakes:  keep away from the edges of lakes

•  Riverbanks:  can be slippery and can crumble

•  Canals:  have unknown depths and can be murky

•  Locks and weirs:  have quick flowing waters

•  Sea:  tides, rocks. sinking sand/quicksand, piers, groynes or break waters.  All these things may affect paddling and swimming

•  Swimming pools:  have different depths – look at the walls or floors for signs of the depth of the water

•  Water sporting activities:  should be in zoned areas away from the boats

2. Take Safety Advice

•  Always follow the advice of a coastguard/lifeguard – find out where and when it is safe to swim

•  Look for signs or flags which tell you if it is safe to swim

•  Look for safety information that may include general information and warnings

3. Go With A Friend

•  Always do water activities with a friend or group of friends so you can help each other if you get into difficulties

•  Always make sure grown-ups know where you are going and when you will be back

4. Learn How To Help – If you see someone in trouble in the water, this is how you can help:

•  Shout “help, help” as loud as you can to get the attention of others

•  If alone, go for help first

•  Lie flat on the ground if you reach out to a person in the water.  Extend your reach with a stick or clothing etc.

•  If you can’t reach the person and no-one comes when you shout for help, telephone 999 or 112 and ask for help.  Describe where you are.  Give the telephone number from where you are calling and your name.  Describe what has happened and what is being done