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If you fancy taking a dip during hot weather it's worth looking at our #water safety advice beforehand:

Don't jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be unseen dangerous things such as shallow water, broken glass or other sharp objects. Don't go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and some other water features are often linked with strong currents - these dangers can often be beyond the ability of even good swimmers to cope with safely. Take notice of any safety information, warning signs or flags. Know what the signs mean and do as they advise. Realise that inland waters can be very cold no matter how warm the weather. Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties. Never venture out onto ice covered lakes, ponds or canals. The thickness of ice can vary and you could fall through. Think about the hazards near the waters edge. Banks can be unstable and suddenly collapse. They can also be very slippery when wet and if yo...

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