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Scarborough RNLI lifeboat station is holding a Sea Swimming Safety Talk

Lifeboats News Release

Join the team at Scarborough lifeboat station on Saturday 14 October 2023 to hear from experts on sea swimming/dipping ahead of winter.

RNLI/ Water Safety

Every year the RNLI is called out to swimmers who get into difficulty in the water. This session will help keep people and their dipping friends safe heading into winter, when the water temperature starts to drop.

The charity is inviting people to join them from 10:00am to 12:00pm or, 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday 14 October for a chat with local experts about swimming and dipping in the sea.

There will be the opportunity to learn about:

  • How to stay safe

  • Effects of shock

  • Case studies

  • Best places to swim

There will be some special items available for purchase from the lifeboat shop.

There will also be a free tour around the station, and freebies as well as free tea/coffee.

Andy Volans, RNLI water safety adviser, said: ‘Open water swimming in Scarborough is becoming more and more popular and the RNLI would like to hear more from local swimmers and dippers in the area and also share our RNLI advice which is:

  • 'Always carry a means of calling for help. You must be

able to reach it in an emergency

  • 'Acclimatise to cold water slowly and enter gradually.

to reduce the risk of cold water shock. Always swim

parallel to the shore and not straight out. Cold water and

currents can tire you quickly and make it harder to return

to shore.

  • 'Always consider using a tow float and wear a brightly coloured swim hat. This will increase your visibility in the water.’

Further advice about open water swimming is available here:

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