Stay safe around water

Stay safe around water

We want to ensure visitors to Lee Valley stay safe during their visit so read our top tips on how to stay safe around water.

Rivers, lakes and other open water bodies can become tempting places to have fun and enjoy the environment. However, they can be extremely dangerous and we strongly advise that visitors do not play, jump or swim in any of the open water spaces and places around the park. Visitors are also advised to take care around the edges of water bodies.

Top tips for keeping safe around water in Lee Valley Regional Park:

  • Do read and take notice of warning signs. The information is there for your own personal safety.
  • Think about the hazards near to and at the waters edge, banks can be slippery when wet. If you fall in, it may be difficult to get out again.
  • Don’t go in to the water under any circumstances,
  • Don't go into the water to rescue wildlife or pets, as they are normally able to get themselves out.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks in or around water bodies.
  • Supervise young children and help keep them safe by warning them against going in to water or playing near the water’s edge and know their whereabouts at all times.
  • Think twice about consuming alcohol in or around water bodies as it may seriously impair your ability and judgment.
  • Please keep your dogs on a lead when near water for their safety

Examples of safety signs:

If you see someone get into trouble:

  • Call the emergency services 999.
  • Tell the person to stay still to maintain heat and energy.
  • Try finding something which will extend your reach, such as a rope, pole or branch.
  • Throw the object out and, once ensuring you are stable on the bank either by lying down or having someone hold on to you, pull them in.
  • If you can't find something to reach with, try finding an object that will float and throw that out to them.
  • Continue to reassure the casualty and keep them talking until help arrives.
  • Once the person has been rescued, keep them warm, and take them to hospital even if they appear to be unaffected.



Stay safe water summer


To report any of the following:

  • unruly or dangerous behavior in and around water
  • accidents, incidents or near misses
  • wildlife trapped on/in the water                                          

Please call 01992 702 200 between 9:00 – 17:00
or 01992 639 561 between 17:00  – 9:00

In an emergency call 999
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