Reservoir safety

Beautiful but deadly: why reservoirs are best enjoyed from the banks.

We have 180 reservoirs across the North West, many in beautiful locations. We’d love you to visit your local site, but please, stay out of the water.

Reservoirs may look inviting, especially on a hot day, but they are about the worst possible places to take a swim.

The freezing cold water can numb your limbs, while hidden currents and machinery can drag you under. Even the strongest swimmers can quickly get into difficulty.

Need more convincing? Please take a few minutes to take a look at this video content. Not all of it is an easy watch, but it certainly brings home the risks and the human tragedy that can result from taking the plunge.

Teens speak

“My mate nearly died”. In these candid interviews, teens tell all about peer pressure at the reservoir.

Remembering Dylan

Dylan Ramsay was a fit, healthy teenager, and a strong swimmer. He tragically drowned in 2011, after swimming in a quarry in Lancashire. In this emotional film, Dylan’s mum Beckie recounts the day she lost her son.

A paramedic’s story

Many of our reservoirs are in remote locations, which means help can’t always arrive immediately. This paramedic from North West Air Ambulance Service shares his story.

Please stay safe and stay out of reservoirs.

A reservoir is no place for a swim

A reservoir is no place for a swim. Even on the hottest day, the water in a reservoir is cold enough to numb your muscles and take your breath away. Steep sides, hidden machinery and unpredictable currents mean even the strongest swimmer can quickly find themselves in trouble. Please don’t become another tragic statistic, stay safe, and stay out of the water.

Teacher's guide

A guide to help teachers highlight the important messages around reservoir safety to children.

Classroom notes