Swimmers are not obvious in the water
- Keep a look out. Swimmers can be very difficult to see, especially when there are waves, sun glare or they do not have the means to make themselves more visible.
- If you see an alpha flag it tells you that there is a swimmer or diver in the water.
- Swimmers and other lake users may be in any area of the lake, any time of day or night.
- Make yourself aware of the lake byelaws for the National Park's lakes.
- If you are using a powerboat, make sure you have had suitable training.
- Know your lake.
Take early action, keep well clear
- Keep as far away from swimmers and their support boats as possible.
- Remember boats supporting swimmers can not move out of your way.
- Your wash can put swimmers and other lake users into serious difficulty.
- Slow down and keep a safe distance.
Turn off engine
Kill the engine, protect the swimmer!
- Always wear a kill cord and ensure it is attached to the driver and the boat. More info on the RYA Kill Cord web page (RYA website opens in new window)
- In an emergency, if you do get too close to a swimmer, turn off your engine to stop injury from propellers.
In an emergency
Call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Summary leaflets and posters
Check out our handy guides on www.swimsafelakes.co.uk