Opening times

Boat and bike hire

10am - 5pm

Bluebird Café

10am - 5pm

Getting here

Coniston Boating Centre
Lake Road
Coniston
Cumbria LA21 8EW

Safety

Boating and swimming safely

Coniston Water is a great lake for all sorts of watersports. Here are some great tips to enjoy yourself safely:

BoatSafe code

Be aware

  • A white and blue Alpha flag Blue and white Alpha flag, warning of divers or swimmers in the water means there is a swimmer or diver in the water.
  • Keep a look out. Swimmers are not easy to see.
  • Make yourself aware of the lake byelaws for the National Park's lakes.
  • If you are using a powerboat, make sure you have had suitable training.
  • Know your lake.

Observe

Swimmers and other lake users may be in any area of the lake at any time of day or night.

  • Maintain a proper lookout for swimmers and other boats.
  • Swimmers can be very difficult to see, especially when there are waves or sun glare.

Avoid

  • Keep as far away from swimmers and their support boats as possible.
  • Boats supporting swimmers can not move out of your way.
  • Your wash can put swimmers and other lake users into serious difficulty.
  • Slow down and keep a safe distance.

Turn off engine

  • Always wear a kill cord, and make sure it is attached to the driver of the boat.
  • In an emergency, if you do get too close to a swimmer, turn off your engine to stop injury from propellers.
  • In an emergency ring 999 and ask for the coastguard. 

SwimSafe code

Be Seen, have support

Swimmers may be able to see boaters but boaters may not be able to see swimmers!

  • Have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag Blue and white Alpha flag, warning of divers or swimmers in the water.
  • Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float.
  • Never swim alone.

Take a look at the photos below. If you were steering a boat, which swimmer is easier to spot?

Showing how much easier a swimmer is to spot when next to a support boat

Be Water wise

Exposure to cool water can rapidly lead to hypothermia

  • Wear a wetsuit to keep you warmer and more buoyant.
  • Enter the water slowly to get used to it.
  • Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully.
  • Don't jump in.

Be Informed

Other people use the lakes too! Windermere, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and Ullswater are busy with boats. People on boats may struggle to see swimmers. A collision with any boat can be fatal.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Be Mindful

  • Choose one of the quieter lakes that do not allow boats.
  • Avoid mooring areas, marinas and jetties used by boats, ferry routes and boating channels.
  • Be aware boaters may be in any area of the lake at any time of day or night.
  • Only swim when weather conditions are suitable - remember they can change quickly. 

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