Aquatots: Keep the family water safe this summer
It’s that wonderful time of the year!
The summer is finally here and the kids will soon break up from school!! Like most families you are probably thinking about a trip to the beach, getting the paddling pool out, and if you are lucky enough you may have a sunny holiday to look forward to soon.
For the majority these plans are always enjoyable, but there are some safety considerations that need to be taken when enjoying time in water or close to it.
According to the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society UK) an average of 700 people drown in the UK each year, and 60% of these are children. With more life changing injuries or near drowning experiences too. Like the RLSS, Aquatots believe that most drownings are preventable.
We are extremely proud to say that throughout the whole Aquatots programme, whether just starting out in level 1 or completing the 7-year course at level 29 we include a safe and fun introduction to swimming.
We build on each individual’s water confidence and teach safety skills in every lesson on offer. Babies from the age of 10 weeks old up to 10 years will learn the fundamentals of water safety and what they can do if they ever found themselves or someone in difficulty.
Skills such as ‘holding on’ to the side, or at a point of safety are included from that very first day of the programme. If they should ever find themselves in water unaided they would know to hold on until help was available. We also include turning back to the side to hold on to a point of safety too. If one of our swimmers fell into water they would then know exactly what to do!
It may sound simple, but we also show our swimmers the safest way to enter the water, we talk about jumping in safely to avoid accidents, later on they learn how to judge the water depth they are about to enter and also the safest way of entry into that water.
And of course, we show our swimmers the best body positioning and breathing techniques for that ever-anticipated independent swim!
Aquatots are in support with the RLSS to reduce the amount of water incidents that occur every year. We aim to teach each of our swimmers the importance of water safety as well as making them the strong swimmers they will become before they finish primary school.
www.aquatots.com 020 8688 6488
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