In the UK, there are an estimated 400-600 yearly drownings, with more British citizens drowning in foreign resorts. That's 1 person every 20 hours. On top of this figure, there are many people each year who run into difficulty in the water, leaving lasting injuries and psychological scars.
There are many ways children and adults can be put into dangerous situations in the water; drowning doesn't always just happen at the pool. We believe that by educating children from a young age and their parents on the following topics, many drownings can be prevented.
- Being safe at home
- Water safety on holiday
- At the beach
- Swimming pool safety
- Open water (lochs, rivers, sea)
- wimming in cold water
Understanding how the different bodies of water work and knowing their potential dangers will allow children to know how to behave properly in and around them. For example, it's important to know that the sea can be incredibly cold and moving water will be a challenge for even the strongest swimmers.
As well as parents spending time educating their children on the potential dangers of water, regular lessons with experts are recommended. In formal swimming lessons, your child will learn the skills necessary to be able to swim themselves out of danger, float and tread water on the spot. Your child will also gain the confidence of being in the water, so that they don't panic if they're to ever fall in.
For parents, it's important to realise that a drowning child will be unlikely to make a noise. That's why you should always fully supervise children, even if they are strong swimmers. It's possible for the strongest swimmers to become trapped in vents or slip and injure themselves by a pool.