Seawater Pool Safety
The Water Safety Code
Spot the dangers!
To keep yourself safe, when you are in, on or beside water, always follow the Water Safety Code.
Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold or tidal water.
The dangers of water include:
- it is very cold
- there may be hidden currents
- it can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
- it can be deep
- there may be hidden rubbish, e.g. rocks, broken glass
- you are swimming at an unsupervised beach
- it is difficult to estimate depth
- the tide can turn very quickly
Top tips to stay safe
- Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
- Never swim alone.
- If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
- If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
- Check the tide times before going to the beach to reduce the likelihood of getting caught out.
- Parents/ Carers, talk to your children about the dangers of the seaside, especially teenagers who may go to the beach without you.
Constant supervision of children whilst near water,for example at a swimming pool, on the beach is essential. Evidence suggests that children under the age of 11 years are most at risk and toddlers are the most vulnerable.
Make yourself familiar with the environment, recognise particular hazards, like changes in depth, slippery rocks and check out where the points of help are. Be particularly vigilant on the beach where tides and weather can affect the water conditions.
Seawater pools on Canvey Island
Following the rules and behaving sensibly should mean the safe enjoyment of the seawater pools for everyone. The seawater pools are an unsupervised facility and there are no lifeguards present so children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
- Don't use the pools in adverse weather conditions - heavy rain, heavy wind
- Don't use the pools at high tide
- Don't let your dogs use the pool
- Don't climb on rocks surrounding the pool
- Don't take glass bottles or containers to the pool
- Watch out for deep water around the pool
- Do have fun
Please read and follow the clear signage that is located in the car parks and at both seawater pools highlighting, hazards, warnings, advice and customer information.
Why not let your little ones learn about seaside safety with the Tweenies. Just click on the link below
Or why not take the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Water Safety quiz