Safety is a serious issue and we should all be aware of the dangers of playing on and near water, and learn ways to stay safe.

Follow the water safety code.

Water Safety Code 


Spot the Dangers! 

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. 

You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water, such as reservoirs or rivers. 

The dangers of water include: 

  • Very cold temperatures
  • Hidden currents
  • It can be deep 
  • It is difficult to estimate depth
  • There may be hidden rubbish like shopping trolleys or broken glass 
  • It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks) 
  • No lifeguards
  • Water pollution may make you ill

Take Safety Advice!

Special flags and notices may warn you of danger. Know what the signs mean and do what they tell you.

Go Together!

Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves. An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble. 

Learn How to Help! 

You may be able to help yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency. If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone and dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach. 

For further information visit: Safety Around ReservoirsEducation Scotland National Improvement HubRoSPA, RNLI & Water Safety Scotland.


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