Safety on or near water
Our key swimming and water safety advice is:
- Ensure that you and your family can swim, are water confident, and have water safety skills
- Make smart choices - swim at lifeguarded beaches and pools, use appropriate safety equipment and do not drink alcohol before going in the water
- Be aware of and know how to avoid water safety hazards such as rips, cold-water and moving water
- Know what to do in an emergency
Be aware of the dangers of swimming in open waters especially in waters without lifeguards. Water temperatures can drop sharply just below the surface and you don't know what may be underneath.