Between May and September millions of people head to beaches to relax, paddle and swim in the sea. At over 400 outdoor swimming spots in England - called bathing waters - the Environment Agency monitors how clean the water is by taking regular samples.
You can check out the annual results for your local beach online by either searching by the beach name or looking on the map on the Environment Agency's Bathing Water Data Explorer. Even where the water meets the standards, sometimes water quality can be reduced, particularly after heavy rain, so please keep a look out for temporary signs or information online that may advise against swimming.
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