Be Seen, have support
Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
- Have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag .
- Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float.
- Never swim alone.
Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?
Be Water wise
Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia
- Wear a wetsuit to keep you warmer and more buoyant.
- Enter the water slowly to get used to it.
- Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully.
- Don't jump in.
Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Choose one of the quieter lakes that do not allow boats.
- Avoid mooring areas, marinas and jetties used by boats, ferry routes and boating channels.
- Be aware boaters may be in any area of the lake at any time of day or night.
- Only swim when weather conditions are suitable - remember they can change quickly.