Jun 09

Respect the water

Cardiff Harbour Authority wants all residents and visitors to enjoy their time in Cardiff Bay, but we are urging people, particularly children and teenagers, NOT to swim anywhere other than in purpose-built, supervised swimming pools.

Whilst the Bay may appear an inviting place to swim, entering the water can have deadly consequences and swimming is prohibited for your own safety. The RNLI recently revealed that the number of deaths at the UK coast reached a five-year high in 2015, with 168 people losing their lives.

Please follow our advice and DO NOT enter the water, no matter how inviting it is.

Dangers of swimming in open water include:

  • The height of the fall or jump if tombstoning
  • The depth of the water – this changes and is unpredictable in many places
  • Submerged objects, which may or may not be visible
  • Obstacles or other people in the water
  • Boats and other water craft operating at speed which may not notice swimmers in the water
  • The shock of cold water – it can make swimming and getting out of the water more difficult
  • Uneven banks and river beds
  • Underwater currents

The RNLI’s Breathe Test demonstrates how dangerously unpredictable the water can be:

For more information visit www.respectthewater.com and follow and share the #RespectTheWater campaign on social media.

RNLI poster