We're urging everyone to remember that although you may be fit and strong on land, you can't train your body for the shocks of unseen dangers under the water, at any time of year.
The risks of getting in the water include:
- Low temperatures, which can cause the body to go into cold shock and even hypothermia, drawing the blood away from your muscles to protect your organs. This can lead to drowning
- Reeds and other plant life, which can get tangled around limbs and keep you in the water
- Litter, like shopping trolleys, which can trap your feet as well as cause injury
- Depth perception - it could be much shallower than you expect it to be and cause serious harm if someone jumps in, as well as being much deeper than expected in other areas
- Waterborne diseases such as Leptospirosis (Weil's disease)