Keep your cool: how to stay safe when wild swimming in a heatwave

Leaping into the water is tempting in the hot weather, but even strong swimmers need to be careful

Can you swim? Seems like an obvious question when talking about safety in open water, but it is crucial. Many lose their life swimming because they don’t have the basic skills to keep themselves safe. Heatwaves entice us to the water, it is human to want to plunge in to cool off, and many only swim outdoors when the weather hits a summer high.

Learning to swim at some point in your life isn’t enough and being a fit, healthy person on dry land isn’t the same as being water fit.

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