Water Safety Awareness
Worldwide nearly 400,000 are reported to drown each year with nearly half being children. With the summer holidays fast approaching, it is our priority to ensure children know how they can enjoy the water and stay safe. Whether by sea, river or lake, the skills involved in keeping safe are very different to those needed for swimming in an indoor pool, where most pupils swimming lessons take place.
This term, as part of their weekly swimming session, pupils in KS2 will be learning all about keeping safe in and around water, learning how to spot potential hazards, what to do to help and how to prevent any accidents. Sessions include pool based activities, classroom activities and also a trip to our local river.
In addition to the programme we are delivering within school, there is also the Swim Safe annual national water safety programme which is delivered by Swim England and the RNLI.
Swim Safe is available at a number of locations across the summer and is completely FREE! Once the children are kitted out in a wetsuit, rash vest and swim hat, they will take part in a dry land water safety talk led by the RNLI lifeguard, followed by a 30 minute session in the water where they can practice safety positions and self-rescue techniques with a Swim England accredited swimming teacher.
Swim Safe is suitable for children aged between 7 and 14. They must be able to swim a minimum of 25 meters to take part.
So if you’re heading to the beach this summer, have a look on swimsafe.org.uk for more information on locations, dates and times and how to book a session.
STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER!