People headed out on the water are urged to exercise caution and be responsible.

SAFE: People are urged to take care near bodies of water. Photo: Supplied.

SAFE: People are urged to take care near bodies of water. Photo: Supplied.

With summer well under way South Australians are being urged to stay safe whether at the beach, in the river or the pool.

The State Government, together with Surf Life Saving SA have encouraged swimmers to take caution and be responsible around bodies of water in order to stay safe.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton has called for the South Australian Water Safety Committee (SAWSC) to convene in the new year to address safety issues surrounding groups at high risk of drowning.

Over the Christmas season Operation Riversafe was launched to highlight new regulations in place requiring the use of lifejackets when in boats or other watercrafts.

While the regulations, which came into place last month, will be enforced following a 12 month education campaign it is urged that people out on the water be aware of the regulations in order to stay safe. Minister Picton said people should be aware of surroundings and be alert to potential dangers.