Canal

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  • Underwater currents

    Risk:

    Danger of being swept away by hidden or strong currents, into deep and cold water

    Precaution:

    Only enter rivers as part of an organised swimming or activity event with safety cover

  • Canal boats

    Risk:

    Danger of being hit by boats or other objects

    Precautions:

    If you do fall in, swim directly towards the bank and climb out. If you can’t climb out, shout and signal for help, and to make boats aware of your presence

  • Slippery or unstable surface

    Risk:

    Banks can be slippery or unstable and you may fall in

    Precautions:

    Stay away from the edge

  • Steep banks

    Risk:

    Steep or sheer banks make it very difficult to climb out of water if you fall in

    Precaution:

    Stay away from the edge. If you fall in, try to float until help comes

  • Hidden Objects

    Risk:

    Rocks and rubbish are often hidden below the surface and can cause injury or trap you in the water

    Precaution:

    Be careful when moving in shallow water and do not jump in when you cannot see what is underneath

  • Cold water

    Risk:

    River water can be very cold, even in the summer. The effects from jumping into cold water can be fatal

    Precautions:

    Do not get into water without testing its temperature first.

  • Bridges

    Risk:

    Danger of broken legs and spinal injuries from falling from or jumping off a bridge.

    Precautions:

    Don’t lean over the side of the railings, and don’t jump from bridges.

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