Essential guidelines to ensure you swim safely.
The SwimSafe Code
Another Place supports the Lake District National Park’s SwimSafe campaign – a code to follow that aims to keep you safe whilst swimming.
Be Seen, have support
Be seen by boats.
- Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float
- Never swim alone
- For swimming away from the shore, have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag
Be Water wise
Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia
- Wear a wetsuit to keep you warm and buoyant
- Enter the water slowly to aclimatise
- Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully
- Don’t jump in
Ullswater is busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- Avoid mooring areas, marinas and jetties used by boats, ferry routes and boating channels.
- Be aware boaters may be in any area of the lake at any time of the day or night.
- Only swim when weather conditions are suitable – remember conditions can change quickly so do check the forecast.