The safest way to enjoy the water this summer is to use your local swimming pool or join an organised, supervised water sports activity. If you are under 16 and live in Manchester you can swim for free at your local pool during the summer holidays!
If you choose to swim outdoors, follow these top tips to stay safe:
Never drink alcohol before going swimming
Don't go swimming alone. Make sure someone is nearby so you can shout for help if you get into difficulty
If you are swimming at the beach, look out for the flags which warn you of any dangers
If you see someone getting into difficulty in the water, tell the lifeguard immediately. If there is no lifeguard on duty call 999 - ask for the Police at inland water sites or the Coastguard at the beach
Be aware of the dangers of swimming in canals and rivers
Swimming in canals, rivers and lakes might sound like a good idea on a hot summers day, but it's very dangerous. There are no lifeguards to help you if get into trouble and the water can be cold and very deep, making it difficult to swim or get out. There might be broken bottles, shopping trolleys or tin cans lurking underneath or hidden currents, and if the water is polluted, it could make you ill.
Swimming not your thing?
Whether you're interested in skateboarding, BMX biking, orienteering or art and crafts you'll find something happening everyday during the holidays.
Visit the Allsorts To Do web pages to find out what's happening in your area.