Get Safe 4 Summer
Children from primary schools across the country are being given the chance to learn about the dangers posed by open water thanks to the vital life-saving scheme Get Safe 4 Summer.
Thanks to support from the Swimathon Foundation and The Swimming Trust, twelve events are taking place around England where children will be learning all they need to know when visiting coastal and inland waters over the summer holidays. This includes how they can spot the dangers themselves and what to do if an emergency occurred.
Pool operators are holding events in June and July which will be tailored to suit the local environment. The aim is for children to learn the key messages of keeping safe, with activities such as reach rescues and keeping themselves and their friends safe.
Drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death amongst children.
Approx 20 per cent of all drownings are at coastal locations and around a further 62 per cent are at inland waters - rivers, lakes, canals, reservoirs.
The ASA recognises swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers, canals and the sea is very different from the pool and that the ability to recognise dangers and a knowledge of water safety is as important as being able to swim.
The objectives of the campaign are to:
- Promote and raise awareness of the importance of learning to swim and achieving water confidence
- Increase knowledge and practical water safety skills.
- Raise awareness that organised, supervised water based activity is fun and safe.
- Introduce new water based skills
- Promote swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle and family activity.
- Provide the information in a fun and memorable way.
The ASA would like to thank the Royal Life Saving Society UK for their contribution to the Get Safe 4 Summer campaign. RLSS are running a water water safety awareness week from 16th to 24th June, for more information click here.