GWSS Roadshow

GWSS Roadshow

11 Jan 2024

Swim Ulster, in collaboration with Sport NI, Swim Ireland, and Mid Ulster District Council, is excited to announce the "Get Wet Stay Safe Roadshow." This informative and engaging event will take place at the Marina Centre in Ballyronan, a prime location for such an educational initiative. The roadshow is scheduled for Friday, 19th January 2024, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at 135A Shore Road, Ballyronan, BT45 6JA.

The "Get Wet Stay Safe Roadshow" is a unique opportunity for swimming enthusiasts, beginners, and the general public to gain invaluable knowledge about open water swimming. This session is particularly significant as it combines practical advice with safety measures, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to enjoy water activities safely.


One of the key highlights of the roadshow is the focus on pre-planning and post-swim recovery. These aspects are crucial for any open water swimmer, whether you're a novice or an experienced swimmer. Effective pre-planning can make the difference between a safe and enjoyable swim and a potentially dangerous situation. Similarly, understanding post-swim recovery is vital to ensure that your body recovers correctly, reducing the risk of injuries or other health issues.


The event will also include an equipment demonstration, providing attendees with hands-on insights into the latest and most effective swimming gear. This segment is particularly useful for those looking to invest in quality equipment that enhances their swimming experience while ensuring safety.

Water safety is a paramount concern for Swim Ulster, and the roadshow will cover the essential water safety code. This segment is designed to educate participants on the best practices for staying safe in different water environments, be it a calm lake or the unpredictable sea.


Dynamic risk assessing is another critical topic that will be addressed. This involves evaluating the potential risks in real-time while swimming, which is a vital skill for anyone venturing into open water.

Understanding the natural elements, such as wind, waves, tides, and currents, is crucial for coastal swimming. The roadshow will provide insights into these factors, helping attendees to make informed decisions based on the conditions of the day.


Cold water shock and hypothermia are serious risks associated with open water swimming, especially in colder climates. The session will offer advice on recognising the symptoms and taking immediate action, ensuring the safety and well-being of swimmers.


Furthermore, the importance of recognising and understanding flags and signage while swimming in open waters cannot be overstated. These indicators are vital for swimmers to understand the current conditions and any potential hazards in the area.


Lastly, the "Float to Live" position is a life-saving technique that will be discussed. This simple yet effective method can be a lifesaver in emergency situations.

The roadshow will conclude with a Q&A session, offering attendees the opportunity to clarify any doubts and gain further insights from the experts.


Please note that this roadshow does not involve an open water swim. It is a purely informational session aimed at educating and equipping attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and enjoyable open water swimming.


In conclusion, the "Get Wet Stay Safe Roadshow" is an event not to be missed by anyone interested in open water swimming. It's a free session packed with valuable information, practical advice, and safety tips, making it a must-attend for those looking to enhance their swimming experience while prioritising safety. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the experts and join the community of safe and informed open water swimmers.

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