Summer is here and while you’re out and about you might be tempted to try open-water swimming but you’ll need to be aware of the dangers.

An open-water swimming expert has shared some tips for those wanting to go swimming this summer.

Disclaimer: Before entering water, you should be aware of the risks and make sure you are prepared for the activity.

Jess Mortimer, an open-water swimming expert from Cold Water Magic has shared 5 tips to help you safely swim in open waters.

5 expert tips for swimming in open water

Great British Life: Those who want to go open water swimming should make sure they are well hydratedThose who want to go open water swimming should make sure they are well hydrated (Image: Getty Images)

Keep hydrated

When you spend time in the sun and water, your body can become dehydrated quickly so it’s important that you remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Add a reusable water bottle to your list of things to take out with you.

Jess says drinking refreshing beverages will help you to replenish electrolytes.

Use floatation devices

Whether you’re not a confident swimmer or you want extra peace of mind, Jess recommends using floatation devices such as life jackets or inflatable arm floats when open water swimming.

These can provide extra buoyancy and reassurance meaning you can relax and enjoy being in the water.

Know your limits

Know your swimming ability and stay within your comfort zone, Jess advises.

You shouldn’t venture too far from the shore or into deep waters if you’re not a strong swimmer.

Swim close to the shore and if you want to gradually increase your distance you could do so when you feel more confident, Jess says.

Great British Life: Remember to respect the marine environment when you go open water swimmingRemember to respect the marine environment when you go open water swimming (Image: Getty Images)

Respect the sea and its inhabitants

Respect the marine environment by avoiding littering and make sure you dispose your rubbish properly.

You should also avoid touching or disturbing any marine life you might see while you’re out open water swimming.

Instead, you should admire them from a safe distance and remember that humans are visitors in their natural habitat.

Assess the water conditions

Before entering the water, you should assess the conditions and check for any strong currents, waves or undertows.

You should avoid swimming in rough or choppy waters especially if you’re not a strong swimmer.

If you’re not sure if it’s safe to swim you should consult with local authorities or lifeguards.

Planet Cruise has revealed Europe’s top 15 swimming hotspots after doing some research.

You can find the full study via the Planet Cruise website.

Dave Mills, Director of Global Supply at Planet Cruise, comments on the findings: “Europe’s diverse coastline offers incredible swimming hotspots that cater to every beach lover's dream, and we can’t wait to explore more of the beaches in the rankings ourselves.

“However, as you embark on your aquatic adventures, it’s crucial to prioritise safety, and we hope that following our precautionary measures, you have a delightful swimming experience in Europe’s enchanting waters.

“If all this talk of swimming and sunbathing has got you dreaming of a summer holiday, then you’re in luck.

“Planet Cruise offers trips worldwide, including to several destinations on this list, with cruises in the Mediterranean enabling you to discover and explore Greece, Italy, Spain and much more.”