Preparation and Planning

Be Prepared

  • Get regular medical check-ups
  • Learn how to recognise the signs of hypothermia:
Mild Symptoms Moderate / Severe Symptoms
  • Gasping air / rapid, shallow breathing
  • Shivering
  • Decrease in blood circulation and skin temperature
  • Loss of motor skills
  • Confusion / fatigue
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dilated pupils

Our Water Safety for youth and Young Adults e-learning module covers cold water shock in more detail.

  • Always tell someone where you’re leaving from, what time you’re leaving and what time you’ll be back
  • Ensure you have the competence for your planned activity

Be Aware of the Dangers

  • Check the weather forecast before you go
  • Be aware that the weather could change while you are there
  • Know the water temperature

Metservice offers up-to-date weather information. There are many other useful apps and sites too.

  • Check tide, swell and current information for your chosen location