With warmer weather and school holidays on the horizon, most families have already started planning their summer trips. More likely you will be spending your summer break somewhere warm with an easy access to a nice swimming pool or sandy beaches or a lake or river-your family will be around water.
Water is fun and most kids would love to splash around and play in water. But, every year, many people including children put themselves at risk of drowning by ignoring the basic water safety rules. Royal Life Saving Society says around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.
Regardless of the location, the same water safety rules apply. So, here are our top five tips for keeping your family safe, when you are in, on or beside water:
Always stay close to children
Stay close to your child specially if there are no lifeguards.
Even if your child can swim in indoor swimming pools confidently, you still have to closely supervise your child in and around open water.
Sometimes it is difficult to estimate depth of water and it is much harder and more tiring to swim in cold water.
When you are in and around open water, there may be hidden currents which could easily pull children away from the safe areas so, be vigilant.
Always swim together. Even very confident adult swimmers shouldn’t be swimming on their own.
Pay close attention to the signs and water safety flags
We highly recommend to parents to spend some time themselves with their kids and go through these signs and flags before going away.
Learn what to do when you see a struggling swimmer
Although it is a natural reaction to help another person who is in danger, it is important to stay mindful about how you should be helping a distressed or tired or a weak swimmer without putting yourself at risk.
If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby.
If there is no lifeguard, you may be able to help yourself but, you should only offer help if you know what to do in an emergency.
You should never approach a person who is struggling or distressed in water if you don’t know what to do and specially if you are not a confident swimmer yourself. You can put yourself also at risk in water by trying to help another person.
Tell your children to stay away from an adult or a child who is struggling in water. Educate them not to get close and just shout for help if they see a distressed swimmer.
Never offer your hand or leg to a struggling or distressed swimmer, as he/she can easily pull you under the water and put you at risk. If you are in dry-land, use ‘Reach to Rescue’ technique by offering an object (like a stick or a shirt) to a struggling swimmer as you are securely laying on the ground.
If you don’t know what to do and no help is nearby, go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.
And our final tip is,…Learn to Swim
Ensure that you and your family can swim and are water-confident. Ability to do the basic water safety skills like swimming with your clothes on is a must- clothes influence your swimming ability a lot. You can see an example of how we practice important water-safety and personal survival skills in our swimming lessons.
Enrol your child in swimming lessons. Scientific studies have shown participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in the 1- to 4-year-old children.
My son went to improve his swimming technique and found his instructor very helpful, very kind and patient. The school itself is very welcoming and feels safe for all the children who go there. I would highly recommend it.
My son is 4 years-old and we were looking for weekend swimming classes in a nice environment that could bring good results. After some research we chose Blue Wave Swim. Our son has been having private lessons since the end of 2018 and he is progressing very well. We believe the professionalism of the team, the clean and tidy infrastructure, and the good care of the management are contributing for his development and confidence in the water. Thank you very much Blue Wave Swim!
I am grateful to Marjan and her team at Blue Wave Swim for their hard work and for promoting happiness and enjoyment in swimming. It is amazing to watch the lessons, see the attention, the encouragement and the support the children receive. I have been impressed with my daughters’ progress and the fact that they love attending their classes and learning a vital life skill. Thank you very much. Great job!
My daughter, who is now 7 years old, started with blue wave two years back and we have been very happy with her progress at the school. Initially we started with group lessons but once she got comfortable in water we moved her to semi private lessons, which made a lot of difference in her ability to learn swimming. As part of the smaller group she is better bonded with other children in the group and gets more attention from the swimming instructor, which is helping her advance her swimming skills. During her 2 years with blue wave, swimming instructors for my daughter have changed and while continuity in learning was maintained, I think this could have been managed better. Needless to say, she still goes and enjoys her time here and looks forward to her class every week. Overall we are very pleased with Blue Wave and would recommend them without any hesitation.
Highly recommend this swimming school. My daughter has been attending since she was 1 years old and she loves it. The teachers are very good with children and my daughter, who is now 4 years old is very confident in the water.
I’d like to thank Marjan and her team in particular Darren who has developed my 5 year old daughter Millie over the last 2 years into a confident young swimmer. It takes time to develop this confidence and having two older children who also went to Blue wave I know how important it is not to rush the childs development of confidence in the water.
My daughter loves swimming! Since attending Blue Wave Swim School lessons her water confidence is high and that gives us peace of mind when she is playing near water. The staff are fantastic and the lessons are fun!
Our children, now ages 9 and 7, have been taking lessons with Blue Wave since early 2017. They have made great progress with their swimming skills. We have been very impressed with the teaching and personalised attention both children have received. Best of all they enjoy and look forward to their lessons. The location is also convenient for Wimbledon residents.
My 8 yo son been having private classes for about a year now and I can highly recommend the Blue Way Swim. The team of swimming instructors, he tried 2 different ones, are very professional and use personal approach to meet all of your child’s needs. I can tell that my child made a good progress and is keen to continue mastering his swimming skills in this school.