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Child water safety

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Did you know a child can drown in less than 5cm of water? It’s a sobering thought. So it is important all parents and guardians are keenly aware of the dangers. Here is a brief guide:

  • If you have a swimming pool in your garden, ensure it is surrounded by a fence with a locked gate. If you have a pond, then it should be covered with a rigid grill or mesh. If your neighbours have a pond or pool ensure your child can’t gain access to them.
  • When using a paddling pool ensure your child is supervised at all times and empty the pool after every use.
  • Never leave your child alone in or around a swimming pool. Be your child’s lifeguard.
  • Teach your child water safety habits such as no running or pushing at the poolside.
  • Enrol your child on swimming and water safety courses. Click here for more information.
  • Consider enrolling yourself on a basic first-aid course to ensure you know what to do should there be an emergency.
  • Ensure your child understands the dangers of swimming in open water, such as depths being deceptive and cold water tiring you out quicker. Click here for the Under-16s guide to swimming in open water.
  • On boating trips, or by the beach, ensure your child is wearing an appropriately-sized buoyancy aid or life jacket. Never let him or her out of your sight.
  • We know it is difficult, but try and discourage the use of large inflatable toys in the sea. Your child could quickly and easily be blown out to sea.
  • Finally, make your children aware of their swimming ability so they don’t swim out of their depth.

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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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