It’s vital to stay safe in the water

August 04 2014

WITH families heading off on their summer holidays, to spend fun time by the sea or pool, a local swim company is providing tips on how to keep children safe, encouraging parents to be extra vigilant.

WITH families heading off on their summer holidays, to spend fun time by the sea or pool, a local swim company is providing tips on how to keep children safe, encouraging parents to be extra vigilant.
Vic Forman, co-founder of the Little Swim Company, which holds lessons at St Christopher's School, Westbury Park, said: "Accidental drowning causes more than 400 UK deaths every year, and 360,000 people worldwide. At this time of year it is vital to remind parents and carers of the danger of leaving children unsupervised by the pool or on the beach.
She added: "Most people don’t realise drowning is quick and silent and a child can drown in less than one minute, in as little as one inch of water. However, the majority of drownings are easily preventable, which is why teaching water safety is so important.
"We really want to make this summer fun and safe for everyone and if by reminding people of these facts we have prevented one death it will be worth it."
The group believes that regular swim lessons can be life-saving for children. When abroad - or at home - only swim at life-guarded pools and beaches, and ensure children are supervised at all times.
Take notice of warning signs, and find out what local warning flags and signs mean. Also before swimming in the sea, check the tides.
For families not going abroad, the company says that safety at home is just as important: use self-closing gates, fences and locks to prevent children from gaining access to pools of water; securely cover all water storage tanks and drains; empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used; supervise children closely when in parks or other places that might have a river, pond or lake; and if someone is in difficulty in the water, shout reassurance and call for help. Dial the emergency services on 999 or 112.
The Little Swim Company teaches babies and children from three months upwards, putting enjoyment, success and teaching excellence at their core. Set-up by Vic and Helen Brown, all teachers are ASA or STA qualified.
Lessons will also be available at the Keith James hydro-therapy pool, in Gloucester Road, when it opens in December.
For more information, visit: www.littleswimcompany.co.uk or email hello@littleswimcompany.co.uk

Vic Forman teaching children to swim