alton water a guide to using our parks safely a guide to using our

ALTON WATER
A GUIDE TO USING
OUR PARKS SAFELY
We want everyone to enjoy visiting our Water
Parks and most importantly we want you to stay
safe. The following information is a guide to
staying safe around our reservoirs and open water.
HIDDEN DANGERS
Even the strongest swimmers can get into serious difficulties in open water.
Beautiful though they are, our water parks are operational sites used to
store water before it’s treated and pumped to people’s taps. Reservoirs
are incredibly deep in places, but very shallow in others - particularly when
the water levels drop over the summer. This makes jumping into the water
extremely dangerous.
Even in a heatwave, the water temperature stays very low. It’s so cold it can
cause shock or hypothermia. Plus the water hides other dangers such as
machinery, sudden dips and drops, weeds and mud, and very strong currents
created by the changing depths and continuous pumping of water.
Beware hidden
structures
Beware strong
rip currents
Beware deep,
cold water
Beware uneven
depths
Beware hidden
weeds and mud
RISKS OF SWIMMING
IN OPEN WATER INCLUDE:
STAYING SAFE
AROUND WATER
•Uneven depths and very cold water can
send the body into shock in seconds
The Royal Life Saving Society UK
provides the following advice on staying
safe around water:
•Cold Shock can happen at any time of the
year. When you jump, dive or fall into cold
water, the freezing temperatures send your
body into shock, stealing the air from your
lungs. Your blood pressure rises and heart
rate increases. Most people - even the
strongest swimmers - start to panic
•Hidden machinery and underwater
pipework takes water out of the reservoir
and can create strong currents
•Hidden machinery, stone or concrete
structures that can’t always be seen from
the surface are hazards when jumping in
or swimming
•Strong currents created by the changing
depths and continuous pumping of water
•Steep, slippery banks
Don’t swim at unsupervised,
un-lifeguarded sites including lakes,
quarries, reservoirs and rivers
Don’t jump into water from heights
or ‘tombstone’
Don’t swim into deep water which
will be colder
Do swim at supervised, lifeguarded
sites, such as the beach at Rutland
Water
Do look for signs and advice about
the specific dangers at the place
where you are considering swimming
Do think about what you will do if
something goes wrong.
•Underwater plants such as reeds and mud
can trap swimmers
•Remote locations with poor or no mobile
phone coverage, and lack of immediate
assistance can make it hard for emergency
services to reach you.
Three people
have died in
Alton Water
reservoir. Please
don’t be next.
ORGANISED EVENTS AT ALTON WATER
From time to time our reservoirs are venues for planned water-based events such as the Great
East Swim and triathalons, which are run by independent companies. These events are carefully
planned and managed. They take place in specific parts of the reservoir that have been assessed,
and have safety experts and emergency services on hand should anyone get into difficulty.
Anyone wanting to try open water swimming or cool off this summer can do so safely at a
lifeguarded or supervised site, or at the specifically designated beach area at Rutland Water
where highly trained lifeguards are on duty.
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We want everyone to be able to enjoy our water parks and most
importantly to stay safe.
You can read our Water Park byelaws in full at
anglianwater.co.uk/staysafe
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