Take time to assess your surroundings.
Look for the dangers and always research local signs and advice.
When around water always go with friends or family.
Swim at a lifeguarded venue.
Ask for the Fire and Rescue Service when inland or
Ask for the Coastguard if at the coast.
Don’t enter the water to rescue.
Fall in or become tired - stay calm, float on your back and call for help.
Throw something that floats to somebody that has fallen in.
DofE Water Sports Safety Code
RLSS Water Sports Safety Code
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (external web site)