- Check the depth and the water bed by walking in carefully. Areas of the lake bed can fall away sharply.
- Enter the water slowly to get used to it.
- Don't jump or dive in, you don’t know how deep it is and the lake bed consists of sharp slate. You could also get shocked by the cold.
- Pick a swim route along the shoreline for a quick escape
- Be Seen! Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float. Boaters may not be able to see swimmers!
- Wear a wetsuit to keep you warmer and more buoyant.
- Never swim alone. Have support - a canoe, kayak or paddleboard work well ideally displaying a white and blue Alpha flag, warning of divers or swimmers in the water
- The Lake can be cold, even on a hot summers day. Exposure to cold water can rapidly lead to hypothermia, and the early symptoms like struggling to move your hands, can quickly make swimming more difficult than normal.
- Don't stay in too long.
- Have lots of layers, a hat, and a warm drink ready for when you get out of the water, even in summer.
- Only swim when weather conditions are suitable - remember they can change quickly
Rowing boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards:
- Wear a CE approved life jacket or buoyancy aid.
- Wear your life jacket when you’re near or on the water
- Canoe, kayak and paddleboard with someone else and stay close to the shore
- Wind can change direction suddenly and get stronger quickly. It could cause you to drift to the opposite end of the lake
- Look out for open water swimmers. They can be hard to spot. Watch out for blue and white flags
- Keep as far away from swimmers and their support boats as possible
- No powered boats permitted on the lake
Help Llyn Padarn's wildlife
Llyn Padarn is a Site Of Special Scientific Interest.
Invasive non-native species of wildlife can hitchhike here on your equipment, footwear, swimwear clothing and craft. You may inadvertently spread these aliens, even if you just go for a paddle.
Every time you leave the lake you should: CHECK – CLEAN – DRY
- CHECK your equipment and clothing for living organisms. Pay particular attention to damp or hard to inspect areas.
- CLEAN and wash all equipment, footwear, swimwear and clothes thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them or on a hard surface to die out.
- DRY all your equipment and clothing. Some species can live for many days in damp conditions.
Water Quality – Llyn Padarn is tested on a regular basis by Natural Resources Wales.
In an emergency contact 999.