Swimming and paddling in natural waters such as rivers, canals, sea or lochs can present significant hazards and the Visit Leader must prepare a risk assessment detailing any significant hazards and how they will be controlled.

The Visit Leader, or another designated supervisor in the group, must have had appropriate training as recommended by the RLSS or other appropriate National Governing Bodies.

Approval should be given initially by the Head of Establishment before being submitted to the local authority to confirm the safety of swimming in natural waters.

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