This week is national water safety week and for me water safety starts with children learning to swim, with so many after school activities on offer we knew from the off that getting Joshua swimming lessons was a must, you see for us swimming is another life skill like learning to read and write, learning to swim can save lives.
Did you know that swimming lesson are actually on the primary school curriculum for ages 7-11 and yet a report from the Amateur Swimming Association that is mentions in an article on the BBC website that according to this ASA report “more than 1,000 primaries do not offer swim lessons” this for me is super scary and so jumped at the chance of supporting the cause this year by raising awareness of this important subject this week.
I remember my school swimming lessons and although dreaded the cold air hitting me when I left the building my confidence grew massively while having those lessons and after an annual summer holiday last year we did decide to fund those lessons to help Joshua’s water confidence and we are both so pleased we have.
This water safety week the STA, a leading UK charity that is dedicated to the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques, has launched this years annual water safety week with a whole host of activities taking place all over the country to help raise awareness and understanding and importance of water safety and a 24-page booklet that features puzzles and activities on how to stay safe in the pool and sea, and general water safety and potential hazards.
Top Tips For Keeping Kids Safe From The Water Safety Code:
1. Spot the Dangers
Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous; learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you’d be able to swim in cold outside water.
2. Take Safety Advice
Special flags and notices may warn you of danger. Know what the signs mean and do what they tell you.
3. Don’t Go Alone
Children should always go with an adult, not by themselves. An adult may be able to point out dangers or help if someone gets into trouble.
4. Learn How to Help
You may be able to yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.