Do your children know how to stay safe around water?
Pools in Lambeth are supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign, 21-27 June 2021, and urging Lambeth residents to access the Charity’s free online resources to ensure their children have the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water.
Fall in open water
Did you know that over 55% of parents surveyed said they would not be confident their child would know what to do if they fell into open water?
With figures indicating that around 25% of primary school pupils leave school unable to swim, there is a real fear that enforced pool closures during the pandemic over the last year will leave many more children than ever, lacking the ability or confidence to swim or self-rescue, should they find themselves in difficulty in the water.
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), fears that with lockdown restrictions lifting, families will flock to beaches and inland water locations this summer, without considering the potential dangers, putting themselves and others at risk.
Accidents and injuries
As children (especially boys) enter their late teens, they become increasingly more likely to take risks, with more than 402 people accidentally drowning every year. And for every drowning death that occurs, there are more than 10 near-drownings, with many of these leading to life-changing injuries.
Swim safety skills
During the week Brixton Recreation Centre, Clapham Leisure Centre, Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre and Vauxhall Leisure Centre will deliver key swim safety skills to all their school swimming and learn to swim pupils to increase awareness of the campaign. Customers will also have the opportunity to visit information stands to take away information to share with family and friends.
For more information, and to find out how you can make sure your family enjoys water safely this summer visit the Drowning Prevention site here