Can your children swim unaided or are they learning to swim? Here at Mojomums most of our children enjoy weekly swimming sessions either with school, in private lessons or a splash about with us at the weekend in our local pools. Swimming and water awareness is being brought to our attention as it is the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Drowning Prevention week (21-29 June 2014).
Our friends at Water Babies have commissioned a study of 2,000 families with the following results:
– 44% of parents fear they wouldn’t be able to save their little one if they got in trouble.
– Half say their children don’t have the skills necessary to save themselves should the worst happen.
– 75% of parents weren’t aware that drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK.
– Half of parents say that on holiday they have lost sight of their child for long enough to cause panic.
– Tragically, 400 people including 60 children drown every year in the UK
With this in mind and thinking ahead for summer holidays and paddling pools in the garden, Water Babies have these tips for you:
FIVE QUICK TIPS FOR PARENTS
Actively supervise young children around water
If leaving, even for a moment, take your child with you or designate a known adult to supervise. Make sure that the person supervising can swim themselves and will happily jump into the water to rescue a struggling child. Don’t ask older siblings to watch younger children – they’re not trained or mature enough to be given such a responsibility.
Be safety conscious at the poolside
Save the local emergency numbers on your mobile phone on the first day of your holiday and make sure your whole family knows where the rescue equipment and lifeguards are based.
Flotation devices are not life preservers
Toys and inflatables are often unstable and can be a hazard without adequate supervision. They are never a replacement for adult supervision.
Do not swim at beaches with large waves, a powerful undertow or no lifeguards
Find out where the lifeguards are and learn water symbols and flags indicating current beach conditions. Follow their advice.
Drinking can impair your supervision and swimming skills – especially when combined with the mid-day heat.
FIVE QUICK TIPS FOR CHILDREN
– Never, ever swim alone
– Never push or jump either in or around water – it might result in injury
– Never dive into water unless an adult has already tested the depth and checked for underwater hazards
– Before you swim, always ask what to do in an emergency and where to get help
– Always wait an hour after a meal before swimming
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