Carr Mill Dam

In warmer weather it can be tempting to take a dip in areas of open water, but there are some important things you need to know. Please take some time to read this Reservoir Safety Education Pack provided by Unitied Utilities and discuss this with your children if you have any. It could save a life.

Open Water Safety Facts

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The depths of the water can change unexpectedly, 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 see. 

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 advice.


Local Facilities

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.

St Helens Canoe Club 

Carr Mill Dam

St Helens Canoe Club website

Facebook - @sthelenscc

Twitter - @sthelens_cc


Swimming facilities are also available at council run sites at Queens Park and Newton Le Willows Health & Fitness Centres. Please check the Go Active St Helens website for pool timetables, and membership/ pay as you go prices.


Merseyside Water Safety Forum advice

Visiting the coast or a waterside location this weekend? Take note of the advice from the Merseyside Water Safety Forum.

A trip to the cost

MFRS Water Safety Leaflet