Enjoy Hampshire safely this summer – follow the Water Safety Code

With the school summer holidays starting today, Hampshire County Council is urging parents and carers who are heading to Hampshire’s beaches, rivers and parks, to enjoy the water safely with their children and families, by following the Water Safety Code from the Royal Life Saving Society

Jul 24 2023

The Water Safety Code advises us to: 

Look for the dangers. Always read the signs and understand what they mean.
Never go near water on your own. Always have an adult with you.
If you fall in, float or swim on your back and stay calm. Throw something that floats to someone who has fallen in.
CALL 999 or 112
In an emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

From the beachfront water park at Lee-on-Solent, to fishing on the River Hamble, from Swanwick Lakes to the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Country Park, there are many beautiful stretches of water to be enjoyed safely around Hampshire this summer, by following the Water Safety Code. 

Councillor Edward Heron, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the 230 miles of beautiful coastline and the many picturesque waterways that Hampshire has to offer this summer, whether you live here or are visiting the area for the holidays, and by encouraging people to follow the Water Safety Code, we hope to ensure that everyone has a fun, but safe time in the water.”

Even if you are staying home but making use of paddling pools or home swimming pools, it’s really important to be aware of the potential risks. Toddlers and young children can be particularly curious about water, and unaware of the dangers – here are some useful guides for parents around toddler water safety