In warmer weather it can be tempting to take a dip in areas of
open water. There are some important things you need to know.
- The depths of the water can change suddenly, some parts of the
'Blue Lagoon' in Bold are thought to be up to 20 feet
deep. There may also be underwater hazzards that you cannot
- Open water is usually colder than water would be in a swimming
pool, this can effect people's ability to swim. Falling or jumping
into very cold water can lead to Cold Water Shock.
- There have been several deaths in the UK over recent years,
when people have underestimated the temperature of the water,
panicked and drowned.
- Research has shown that more than a quarter of adult drowning
victims had alcohol or drugs in their system. If you have been
drinking stay away from the water.
- Carr Mill Dam waters are privately owned and frequently used by
water skiers, who are worried that swimmers are difficult to spot
in the water.
- People have been seen struggling in our local open waters
without suitable buoyancy aids.
In light of the above we actively discourage the public from
swimming in our open water spaces. Our local fire crews have
familiarised themselves with our open water spots and along with
partners from the Community Safety Partnership will patrol the
areas during busy periods to offer safety advice.
If you fall in open water or find yourself in difficulty follow
the RNLI's Float to Live advice.
Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair
of the Safer St Helens Partnership advised:
"As the weather improves over the Summer months and with our
swimming pools closed due to Government regulations, it is
important that residents understand the dangers of open water
swimming. Whilst our open water areas in the borough look
attractive, please consider the risks, stay safe and do not use
these facilities for swimming. The safest place to swim is in a
supervised swimming pool and I would ask residents to wait until
these facilities open again and seek alternative forms of exercise
during this time."
There are lots of websites that can recommend suitable areas for
open water swimming, some requiring membership. Details of some
local open water clubs are below, if you know of any that are
missing from the list let us know @safer.sthelens on Facebook.
Mountain Monkeys - various open water
Mountain Monkeys Website
07799 286 836
St Helens Canoe Club
St Helens Canoe Club
St Helens Triathlon Club - various open water
Mere, Burrows Lane
at 6:30pm (not currently running due to water quality/ algae)
St Helens Triathlon Club
07799 033 323
St Helens Youth Service - Outdoor Education
Activities (currently on hold due to coronavirus)
Service Outdoor Education webpage
upwards, adult bookings also taken