Open water swimming – take the right safety precautions
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Open water swimming can be an enjoyable experience when people have the right safety knowledge and preparation. It is important to remember, there are considerably more dangers in winter than in summer months. If you see someone in difficulty, please dial 112 and ask for the coast guard.
Water Safety Ireland
Water Safety Ireland focus on public awareness and education. Tragically, an average of 115 people drown each year in Ireland. Water Safety Ireland strive to reduce these fatalities by increasing water safety awareness and by changing attitudes and behaviours so that our aquatic environments can be enjoyed with confidence and safety.
Water Safety Ireland have a guide to open water safety on their website and have made some videos that are an excellent guide to swimming safely which you can watch below.
Open water swimming – better safe than sorry
Open Water Swimming – What’s The Attraction?
Open Water Swimming Part 1 of 3 – Preparation
Open Water Swimming Part 2 of 3 – Your Swim
Open Water Swimming Part 3 of 3 – Getting Out
Rip Currents │ Swim Between The Flags
The EPA Bathing Water Team
About the author: The EPA are the environmental regulator. The EPA bathing water team make sure that local authorities carry out their functions under the Bathing Water Regulations and publish the annual bathing water quality report.
The latest information about bathing water quality is always available on beaches.ie and you can follow us on Twitter for incident alerts - @EPABeaches