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Olympic stars to teach kids life saving skills in Daventry

7 July 2013

Olympic British Swimming athletes, Robbie Renwick, Nick Robinson-Baker and Jake Vincent will meet and swim with over 120 children at Daventry Leisure Centre on Sunday 11th August to teach crucial life saving skills as part of the Get Safe campaign.

The Get Safe campaign, led by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) is aimed at children and parents to ensure they are fully aware of the dangers posed by water and how to react safely in an emergency.

The visit comes following the largest ever ‘learn to swim’ survey released by the ASA earlier this year, revealing that 1 in 3 children aged 7-11 in Northamptonshire cannot swim 25 metres unaided.  A result that shocked safety experts with drowning one of the leading causes of accidental death in children. To help tackle these statistics, the ASA’s Get Safe campaign gives children the knowledge and skills to keep them out of danger near water whilst still being able to enjoy themselves in water.

Renwick, a Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic swimmer, together with Olympic Diver Nick Robinson-Baker and Olympic Water Polo player Jake Vincent, will join the youngsters in the pool at Daventry Leisure Centre for a special session.  The children will also be provided with expert tuition on how to stay safe in and around the water this summer including information on how to tackle swimming against a current, understand what methods can be used to rescue a casualty in the water and the efficient equipment needed to do so. The children will also learn how to act during Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and develop the skills needed to complete the procedure on a casualty.

The Olympians will be supported by the ASA’s water loving mascot, Trunx, who tours the country to help celebrate the efforts of youngsters learning to swim.

The visit will also celebrate the unveiling of Daventry Leisure Centre’s £300,000 brand new refurbished changing rooms as well as a plenty of dry-side activities for all visitors and members.

Luke Parratt, Contract manager at Daventry Leisure Centre is thrilled to see the campaign arrive at the Everyone Active centre.

“By showing our commitment to the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, Everyone Active has been provided with an exciting opportunity for children to meet Olympic athletes. With the £300,000 changing village refurbishment also being unveiled on the same day, these are exciting times for the community of Daventry.

“The Get Safe Campaign is a great way of addressing the worrying statistic that only 1 in 3 children in Northamptonshire can swim 25m unaided when they leave primary school. Providing them with an opportunity to access all activity at the centre which is free all day including bouncy castles, face painting and lots more.”

David Sparkes, CEO of the Amateur Swimming Association, said: 

This initiative is about raising the awareness of the importance of children learning to swim and encouraging their efforts as they try and achieve the required level of competence and confidence in the water.

“The recent drowning statistics demonstrate how important it is for children to learn crucial life saving skills and developing the knowledge to be safe in the water.”

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