Bush Capital | Swim safely this summer

RISK ASSESSMENT: Along the Kambah Pools to Red Rocks Gorge walking track are many delightful swimming spots, but care must be taken at all times. Brett McNamara is with ACT Parks & Conservation Service.
RISK ASSESSMENT: Along the Kambah Pools to Red Rocks Gorge walking track are many delightful swimming spots, but care must be taken at all times. Brett McNamara is with ACT Parks & Conservation Service.

With the heat rising, there's a heap of cool options for immersing yourself in nature this summer.

Meandering through our beautiful bush capital, the mighty Murrumbidgee River offers abundant opportunities to take a refreshing dip.

On the doorstep of suburbia you'll find Kambah Pool, a perennial favourite inviting you in for a refreshing plunge.

Venture further south and you'll discover the charm of Pine Island.

Historically, the magnificent Cotter precinct is the place to go on a hot summer's day.

With shady trees, manicured lawns and fantastic swimming holes, what more could you need?

If taking your canine companion for a dip is your desire, head to the dog-friendly Uriarra Crossing for a wonderful splash and play.

The gentle banks of Gibraltar Creek at Woods Reserve are a popular spot for camping, picnics and a dip in the river. Make sure to stay well clear of the cliff edge at Gibraltar Falls.

The warning signs and infrastructure are there for your safety. Stick to the paths and you'll be safe.

When accessing any swimming spot, it's important to be aware of the potential risks.

Signs along the banks of these popular waterways can help you understand the risks associated with swimming in rivers and help you stay safe.

We can all help make swimming safe this summer.

  • Never dive into water.
  • Keep an eye out for submerged logs.
  • Understand the pull of the river as flowing water is stronger than you think.
  • Never mix alcohol with swimming. The only time water and alcohol should be mixed is in a glass.

Closer to home, the pools in our backyards require us all to remain vigilant.

'The home swimming pool is the most common location for drowning death and injury of children under the age of five.'

The home swimming pool is the most common location for drowning death and injury of children under the age of five.

Collectively, we can all play our part in being a backyard lifeguard and the more backyard lifeguards we have, the more children we can keep safe in our community.

Wherever you are, it is so important to keep an eye out for the young ones.

Children should never be left unsupervised or left in the care of older children.

Supervising adults should be suitably dressed to enter the water at all times and be confident swimmers in the event of performing a rescue.

It is also imperative to know how to perform CPR.

  • Discover how to become a backyard lifeguard by visiting the website act.gov.au/backyardlifeguard

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