swim safety tips…..

Aldeburgh Boxing Day Swim



Please read this before you swim. We want you to swim safely.




You should swim only if


  1. You are over 12 years old and under 75.
  2. You are a proficient swimmer.
  3. You do not suffer from any condition which is brought on or made worse by swimming*.
  4. You do not suffer from any medical condition that might be brought on or  made worse by cold§.
  5. You have read the non-exhaustive list of medical conditions below which could be made worse by swimming and/or cold, and you are confident that none of them applies to you.
  6. You understand that even for fit people swimming in the sea can be dangerous, and that the risks include:
  • Being swept away or under the water by tidal currents
  • Slipping on wet pebbles
  • Injury from foreign objects of the beach, such as discarded fishing tackle
  • Medical consequences which can arise from sudden immersion in cold water, including:
    • Hypothermia
    • Slowing of heart rate
    • Heart attack
    • Genital frostbite (well you only get this if you disobey our instruction to swim safely – see below)


You should only participate in this event if you are willing to obey the organisers’ instructions.


  1. You must swim with due care for your own safety and that of others, and specifically:
  • you must not swim out of your depth
  • you must not dive into the water (the diving reflex can kill)
  • you must keep together with the other swimmers
  • you must call for help immediately if you are in trouble
  • you must leave the water when signalled to do so.
  • you must leave the water immediately if it is making you feel ill.
  1. If you suffer any adverse medical consequences as a result of the swim you must notify the medical officer as soon as you can.


* For example, if you have back pain which is aggravated by swimming.

§This is an illustrative list of the medical conditions that might be brought on or  made worse by cold, it is not exhaustive:

Heart conditions such as angina, previous heart attacks, heart failure.

Asthma especially asthma which is poorly controlled or brought on by exercise or cold weather.

Cold induced allergies such as angio-oedema. A tendency to leg cramps.




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