- Do not dive or “ bomb” into shallow water
- Check for signs showing the depth of the pool at shallow end, middle and deep end
- Don’t be a bully and watch out for and be careful for younger children in the pool
- Obey all the pool safety signs
- An adult should always supervise/mind young children at the pool or the beach /river or lake etc.
- Do not dive in/jump/”bomb” on top of others in the pool
- Watch out in case there is no proper barrier between the kiddie’s pool and the main pool
- Check if there is a lifeguard on duty
These areas can contain swimming pools, paddling pools, model boat ponds and boating lakes. All are safe, if you follow the rules:
- Never fool around in the water
- Go with someone who can swim well
- Stay within your depth
- Learn to swim and always watch out for those who cannot
- Do not retrieve model boats by wading in
- Cold water in lakes and wetlands can be very dangerous. It is often much colder beneath the surface than you think. Suddenly getting into cold water can give you a cold shock. If you feel cold, get out of the water straight away or you cold suffer from Hypothermia.
- The bottom of lakes and wetlands can be soft and uneven. Look out for submerged objects.
- Large lakes and rivers may look calm, but remember wind will create choppy waves that make it dangerous to swim or go out in a small boat.
In order to get the most fun at waterways, it is important that you follow some simple safety guidelines. Follow the SAFE message- Stay Away From the Edge!
- Farm ponds/water holes are often out of view on the house so have an adult with you when you are feeding the ducks or playing. Alternatively fence in or cover or fill in the risk.
- Slurry pits are not solid enough to stand on and may be overgrown with grass- keep away you will sink and drown. Do not follow or try to get a ball out of a slurry pit. Adults make sure the slurry pit is not accessible and cannot be entered.
Did you know that on average 150 people drown in Ireland each year? Most of these tragic deaths happen inland, in rivers and lakes, on farms and in and around homes and these accidents are preventable.