Following a few tips can help keep you safe if you have a dip to keep cool this summer.

Wild Swimming in a Heatwave: Here are 9 expert open water swimming safety tips you need to know before heading to the beach, river, loch or lake

As temperatures soar to record levels, it can be tempting to cool off in lakes, rivers, natural pools, and the sea.

Sadly every year young people drown in open water, and according to statistics from the Water Incident Database, there were 277 deaths in the UK from accidental drownings in 2021.

Elliott Davidson from online open water swimming experts Swimguard.co.uk has revealed the hidden dangers lurking under the surface.

His tips will help to keep you safe and potentially save your life if you dive in this summer.

He explained: “People love to swim in the open water, especially when the sun’s out and the temperature is sky-high but you need to make sure you’re aware of the risks before heading into the water.”

Here’s what he had to say.

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