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Full house at Cromer RNLI's Water Safety Talk

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 25 February, over 50 attendees came along to the Henry Blogg Museum to hear all about being safe when swimming in cold water.

Liam Fayle-Parr, giving water safety talk at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Clare Stagg

Cromer RNLI has said huge 'thank you' to the 50 members of the public who came along on Saturday morning to its water safety talk.

Liam Fayle-Parr, the RNLI lead in Water Safety for the North and East, and also a cold water swimmer himself, took everyone through all aspects of staying safe in the water when sea swimming, including the impact of tides, waves and rips, and local beach information.

There were lots of questions and sharing of experiences by those who swim locally. There were invaluable insights from the Cromer volunteer crew about local beaches and specific risks in the area. Liam explored all the risks of sea swimming and cold water dipping and gave invaluable advice and guidance on how to enjoy cold water safely.

Here's a reminder of top tips to ensure an enjoyable and safe swim/dip:

1. Never swim alone, always go with a friend if possible. Consider the conditions before you go and once you arrive the beach.
2. Always be seen. Wear a brightly coloured swim cap and consider using a tow float.
3. Acclimatise slowly, never jump straight in, as this can lead to cold water shock, and stay within your depth.
4. 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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For more information, please contact Clare Stagg, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected]

Liam Fayle-Parr, giving water safety talk at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Clare Stagg

Liam Fayle-Parr, giving water safety talk at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Clare Stagg

Liam Fayle-Parr, giving water safety talk at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Clare Stagg

Liam Fayle-Parr, giving water safety talk at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Clare Stagg

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