Safety first for spectators at City of Birmingham Triathlon

By on 13/07/2012 in News

To ensure spectators enjoy their time at the City of Birmingham Triathlon taking place at Sutton Park on Sunday 15 July, Birmingham City Council would like to remind people that all competitors are trained athletes.  We would urge spectators not to emulate trained athletes who have thoroughly prepared for Sunday's competition.

The City Council would like to make spectators aware of the following information:
•    Never swim in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals or any other form of open water
•    Never swim alone
•    Never allow children to play near water without an adult present. (If you or your child is alone, there may be no one to help you if you get into trouble.)
•    Canals and ponds may look like fun, but they are not safe places to swim or play in.
•    Do not run by the water
•    Be careful on riverbanks - as they may be slippery or could crumble away.
•    Keep away from the edge of canals
•    If someone is in trouble in the water keep calm and throw them a float - such as a lifebuoy if one is available
•    Do not try and retrieve items that fall into the water.
•    If you see someone in trouble in the water do not jump in after them - call for professional help.
•    Phone for help - use a mobile or public telephone and call 999 in an emergency.

Birmingham City Council has a detailed water safety policy that has been developed in consultation with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The policy does not support or approve the use of any area of open water for swimming unless it is organised through a bonafide organisation that have satisfied the appropriate health and safety criteria.

The council has a wide range of leisure facilities including swimming pools offering swimming lessons for children and adults and free swimming through the city's Be Active scheme.

Schemes include:
•    Swim Safe, Swim Supervised, Swim4Free.
•    Birmingham City Council's local swimming pools provide Birmingham's school children with the 'Kids swim for free' offer.
•    The city's local swimming pools also provide a range of different fun activities and features that children can enjoy, such as flames and waves.

For more information about water safety and swimming in pools visit

For more information about triathalon visit – or email or call 01270 842 800.

It is only safe to swim outdoors if you are trained to do so, and are at a properly organised open-water event where professional safety cover is in place.




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