It’s been a terrible summer. However, I’m sure the sun will come out eventually, if only for a day or two, and we’ll all be in a mad dash to make the most of it.
For some, that will mean going for a swim to cool down. I can remember doing that when I was in my teens and I know it’s something youngsters still enjoy.
Even in my youth we were constantly warned of the dangers of swimming in big stretches of water such as lakes and reservoirs. It’s still the case today. However, when you’re young, you’re oblivious to danger. Whether you’re running along a high wall, climbing a tree or taking a dip in a reservoir, you’re thinking of play not peril.
On a warm day, reservoirs may look cool and inviting, but their calm appearance masks a host of dangers. That’s why I would ask you to watch the video which is linked to this blog. If you do, you’ll see being a strong swimmer offers little protection
Some might consider the video to be hard-hitting but it gets the message across. It sets out the dangers in a no-nonsense fashion. If you watch it I guarantee you’ll think twice before venturing into open water.
The film – made by United Utilities which owns local reservoirs, such as Audenshaw and Godley – is backed by the emergency services, including the North West Ambulance Service and can be seen here: www.unitedutilities.com/reservoir-safety.aspx
There is also much more valuable information which I would ask everyone to read at: www.notagame.co.uk
Fortunately, there is an alternative. You could visit one of the Borough’s swimming pools to cool off. The benefits are obvious: changing facilities, clean water which won’t take your breath away because it’s so cold, and lifeguards on stand-by just in case something happens.
So if you enjoy swimming and prefer a safe environment, pop along to one of the borough’s pools and do it there. Stay away from reservoirs.
Click on www.tamesidesportstrust.com to find out more.