Water safety

We want all visitors to Birmingham’s parks to enjoy their visit. However it is important for your own safety that you should follow these water safety rules:

  • never swim or play in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals or any other form of open water
  • never allow children to play near water without an adult present
  • do not run by the water – you may trip and fall in

If you see someone in trouble in the water

  • never jump into the water yourself
  • keep calm and throw them something that will float, eg a lifebuoy if one is available
  • phone for help

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 bona fide organisation that have satisfied the appropriate health and safety criteria.

Remember, 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.