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Children learn life saving skills

21 May 2012

Children from around the country are being given the chance to learn about the dangers posed by open water this summer thanks to vital life-saving scheme Get Safe 4 Summer.

The youngsters are being taught water safety skills at a number of pools from next week as part of Get Safe 4 Summer, an educational and water safety campaign run by the ASA with events supported by Swimathon Foundation.

the ASA's Get Safe 4 Summer campaign is all about raising awareness that swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers, canals and the sea is very different from the pool.

The events teach children about the dangers of open water, as well as highlighting that swimming is the only sport that can save your life.

ASA Chief Executive David Sparkes said: "The ability to recognise dangers and knowledge of water safety is just as important as being able to swim.  Particularly important during the summer holidays, the ASA's Get Safe 4 Summer campaign is all about raising awareness that swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers, canals and the sea is very different from the pool.  We want everyone to be able to enjoy the water but in a safe and sensible way."

Swimathon Foundation Chairman Anthony Kendall said: " We are very pleased to support the ASA and The Swimming Trust in teaching youngsters about the importance of swimming and water safety.  It is exactly what we, as a Foundation, stand for."

The events will consist of an action-packed few hours in the water with a host of fun and educational activities. They include attendance from the RLSS who are also running a Water Safety Awareness Week 16th-24th June.   Get Safe 4 Summer events will be held at the following locations:

  • Dover Court Pool, Essex
  • Riverside Leisure Centre, Norfolk
  • The Quays, Hants
  • Bletchley Leisure Centre, Bucks
  • GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucs
  • Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Cornwall
  • Elswick Park & Pool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Outerwest, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Grand Central Pool, Stockport
  • The Pools, Cumbria
  • Bert Williams, Wolverhampton
  • Charlton Pool, SE London

Schools, leisure facilities and swim schools can get involved by holding their own Get Safe 4 Summer event.  Supporting resources are available to download online, including a Pool Event Pack with details of what, when and who should be involved, posters and certificates to reward the young people attending.

 

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