Stay safe when swimming

Published Monday, 18th June 2018
Stay safe when swimming.
The throwline which was installed last month at Parkgate, with (left to right): Janet Drury of Parkgate Shopping, Stephen Williamson of the Canal and Rivers Trust, Gary Willoughby (Water Safety Practitioner, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue), Zaura Ali (whose son Subhaan lost his life to drowning at Parkgate in 2016) and DC Victoria Kenny of South Yorkshire Police.

Rotherham Council is urging parents to remind children of the dangers of swimming in open water during national Drowning Prevention Week (June 15 – 25).

Young people could be tempted to cool off by taking a dip in the nearest lake, canal or river. However, they may not be aware that if they do this they are putting their lives at risk.

The Council is reminding people that such areas are not designed for swimming and the water can be deep and cold with unpredictable currents. Submerged objects can also be a hazard, as well as pollution and diseases.

In addition to these hazards, with no-one supervising these places, help may not be on hand should anyone get into difficulties. Even people who feel they are strong swimmers can be at extreme risk.

Last year South Yorkshire’s first “throwline station” was opened at Ulley Country Park by a mum whose teenage son died in a drowning incident.

Since then, a number of others have been installed at locations across the borough by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, supported by the Council and other partners, with further new throwlines planned for locations near the River Don in Rotherham Town Centre.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: “We have had too many tragedies of young people drowning. We want to remind people of the dangers of swimming in open water, even if you think you are a strong swimmer.”

Rotherham’s four leisure centres are all staffed to a high standard by fully qualified and trained lifeguards and are the safest place to swim or cool off in the summer months. The pools offer a wide variety of activity programmes for people of all ages and abilities.

Places for People Leisure, which runs the centres on behalf of the Council, will be running activities throughout Drowning Prevention Week, including CPR, life- saving courses and awareness campaigns throughout their swimming lessons.

To find your nearest pool go to:

Go to the Leisure webpage