Louise Minchin has teamed up with the RNLI to give us her top tips for cold-water swimming.
The former BBC Breakfast presenter is a keen open-water swimmer and often goes for a dip at the coast. But, even though she’s a confident swimmer, Louise knows that anyone can get into trouble in the water.
Sea temperatures around the UK and Ireland will average just 6 to 10 degrees around March. Cold water shock is a real danger for anyone entering water that is 15 degrees or below. Follow top tips to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe time:
- Wear a brightly colored swim cap and consider using a tow float.
- Never swim alone, always go with a friend if possible. Tell someone when you plan to be back.
- Acclimatise slowly, never jump straight in, as this can lead to cold water shock.
- If you get into trouble, Float To Live. Lean back in the water and extend your arms and legs.
If you’re in any doubt, stay out of the water, and always take a means of calling for help with you. If you or anyone else gets into trouble at the coast, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
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