Rivers and burns are a natural place to head for when the weather is hot over the summer months.
Make sure you take care and follow the advice below -
It's colder than it looks
Water at open and inland sites is ofter much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue.
Don't go to far
Always swim parallel to the river bank, that way you're never too far away from it.
It's stronger than it looks
Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a current - don't swim against it - you'll tire yourself out. Stay calm, swim with the current and call for help.
The water level in the North Tyne can rise quickly if water is released from Kielder Reservoir.
Know where the lifesaving equipment is
If you swim in the North Tyne next to the Jubilee Field there is a Lifebuoy on the river bank at the bottom of the field.
Bring a friend
Always bring a friend when you go swimming so if anything goes wrong, you've got someone there to help.
Click below for more information from Lee Heard, Charity Director at the Royal Live Saving Society UK.