following advice is
taken from the Outdoor swimming society's website
- Be considerate of your effect on
other water users such as fishermen/women, boaters, nesting birds. Be
courteous to them and be courteous of their rights.
- Be as quiet as possible so as not
to spoil the enjoyment of others.
- Keep a good distance from anglers
and avoid their lines. Leave them ample room to cast. Pass by quickly
and quietly, creating as little disturbance as possible and do not
loiter in fishing pools.
- Encourage others to participate. Do
not force them.
- Be considerate about skinny-dipping.
- You are responsible for your own
safety. Respect the safety of others and swim responsibly at all times.
- Plan ahead, obtain local knowledge
if possible and follow any signs.
- Check the weather beforehand and
don’t be afraid to abandon your swim if adverse conditions arise.
- Let someone know where you are
going and when you’ll be back.
- Except in an emergency, launch or
land only at recognised access places.
- Always swim with someone.
- Be honest about your abilities and
understand your limitations.
AFTER YOUR ENVIRONMENT
- Protect nature and look after the
environment you are using, especially around areas of Sites of Special
- Do not disturb wildlife.
- Keep clear of gravel shoals and
islands during the spring when birds may be nesting.
- Keep clear of nesting birds, areas
important for fish breeding and spawning and salient otter sites.
- Do not pick up, uproot, or trample
wild plants and trees.
- Do not remove rocks or wilfully
change or disturb land features.
- Be mindful of bankside vegetation.
- Take care not to disturb waterweed
and gravel beds.
- Leave no trace. Take all litter
CONDITIONS, LAW AND ORDER
- Leave gates and property as you
- Park considerately and walk to
swimming locations. Be aware of neighbouring residential areas and
ensure there is still local and emergency service access.
- Do not trespass on private banks.
- Use recognized paths where possible.
- Keep dogs under close control at
all times and on a short lead between 1 March and 31 July as per the
- Comply with any byelaws.
- Leave the water if requested to do
so by an Environment Agency Officer. Such a request will only be made
where there is a real risk of disturbance.
- Enjoy the privilege of outdoor