Water Safety

Water Safety at the Beach

We are very fortunate in Aberystwyth to be situated on the spectacular coast of Cardigan Bay, with easy access to numerous beaches and the sea.

Follow these top tips to ensure you enjoy the water safely –

Look out for lifeguards – swim at supervised (lifeguarded) sites

  1. It’s colder than it looks – water at open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue
  2. Don’t go too far – always swim parallel to the shore, that way you’re never too far away from it and you can quickly get to safety
  3. It’s stronger than it looks – Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a riptide – don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current and call for help
  4. Bring a friend – Swim with friends or family, so that you can help each other if you need to
  5. Stop and think – Look for any dangers and read signs and advice about the specific dangers at the place where you are swimming
  6. Call 999 – In an emergency, shout for help and phone 999

For more information on water safety, visit the Royal Lifesaving Society website on - https://www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

Don’t Drink and Drown

If you’re going on a night out, make sure you or your friends don’t walk home alongside the water.

Our advice is -  

Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely

  1. If you’ve had a drink, stay away from the water
  2. Find an alternative route home, don’t walk home near the water
  3. Stay away from the water in winter, cold water shock kills