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Water Safety

Cork has rivers, harbours, beaches, dams and lots of water basically, all of which can be very dangerous if you are not careful.

  • Stay away from the water's edge especially if you have drink or drugs taken. It is very easy to fall in and it can have fatal consequences. Remember that when you drink, you may do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do, so steer clear so stay clear of any potential hazards and don't wander off alone.
  • Learn to swim it could save your life and others .It's a really enjoyable form of exercise and makes your environment safer. Never swim while intoxicated, within an hour of eating or if you feel tired or weak. Leisureworld so special deals for students for swimming lessons. Check it out here
  • You should only go swimming within view of a lifeguard on duty or with someone who has trained in lifesaving.
  • Don't swim anywhere where there is a strong current. Don’t swim and chew gum.
  • If you are out on a boat, make sure you have life jackets and adequate safety gear. A mobile phone isn't enough as it won’t work if it gets wet and it can go out of range of network. If you encounter a person in trouble in the water, call emergency services on 99/112. Do NOT go in after him/her unless you are trained to do so.
  • Throw a ring buoy to the person if there is one there or if you have a jumper or a length of rope that could reach him/her use it to pull the person in. Only do this if it does not put your at risk of falling in.

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