Wednesday 7 December 2016

Top tips to stay safe in the water on holiday this summer

An average of 11 people die from drowning in Ireland every month.

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

An average of 11 people die from drowning in Ireland every month.
An average of 11 people die from drowning in Ireland every month.

An average of 11 people die from drowning in Ireland every month.

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"They can drown beside others who are completely unaware. Children are particularly at risk and need constant supervision near water," Irish Water Safety warned.

Read more: 'Drowning incidents happen silently and instantly'

People should follow basic safety advice:

Learn swimming, survival and water rescue skills

Swim at lifeguarded zones (these are listed on iws.ie), in view of lifeguards and always follow their advice

Swim within your depth in case of cramp

Beware of currents

Swim in daylight, not in ­darkness

Pay attention to signs on the beach

Avoid swimming in unfamiliar places

Always supervise children even if they can swim

Be aware of water temperature to avoid hypothermia

Swim parallel and close to the shore

Do not use inflatable toys in open water

If boating or fishing, wear a life jacket with a crotch strap.

Never swim alone.

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