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Winter Water Safety Tips For Lake & River Swimming

Posted by Jess Davies

Swimming in lakes and rivers is great fun, but it can also be hazardous, particularly during the winter when the weather can create more dangerous conditions. That’s why it’s so important to follow winter water safety guidelines when swimming in lakes or rivers during the colder months. Make your next swim enjoyable and safe by following these essential winter water safety tips:

River Swimming Safety

Check the weather: Before you head out, make sure to check the weather. Heavy rain and wind can cause rivers to become unpredictable, whilst high winds and storms can cause hazardous debris to build up beneath the surface. Checking the weather is important at any time of the year, however particularly for winter water safety, when conditions can be more adverse. If you see any signs of thunder, exit the water immediately.

Check the flow & depth: Before you go river swimming, it’s important to choose your location carefully. Regardless of your swimming experience, you should always avoid swimming in rivers that have a fast flow. It’s also essential to check the depth before you enter the water. Even rivers which look shallow can drop off suddenly. If you are planning on getting out at the same point that you get in make sure you swim upstream first so you can swim with the flow on the way back and have less energy.