The ASA as well as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a charity that saves lives at sea, are going to work together this approaching summer on Swim Safe, a new swimming and beach safety awareness programme targeted at children. As most children learn to swim in the much safer and familiar environment of an indoor pool, Swim Safe aims to offer children with a much more practical understanding of swimming in a totally different aquatic environment.
The program is set to be for children aged between 7 to 14 years old who are capable of swimming for at least 25 metres. Lessons will commence from 29th July, six days a week, all the way till 30th August. The location will be at Bude Sea Pool in Cornwall, England and lessons are open to both visitors and locals. As for local students who are unable to swim, traditional swimming lessons will be conducted at an indoor pool. Through these efforts, ASA and RNLI hopes to increase the number of children who are able to be safe in and around water this summer.
This initiative came about merely just a month after the ASA found that over half (51%) of children aged 7-11 years cannot swim 25 metres unaided, from a survey. This is equivalent to approximately 1.1 million children in England. Every year, children make up about two thirds of the incidents RNLI lifeguards attend to on some of the United Kingdom’s busiest beaches. Bude Sea Pool alone, attracts over tens of thousands of children and their families from across the UK each summer.
“At the ASA we believe that every child should have the right and opportunity to learn to swim. With drowning being one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, it is a skill that can save lives. We are delighted to be working alongside the RNLI, who support this vision and are committed to preventing unnecessary deaths in the water. The initiative will provide hands on, practical advice and expert tuition to help children stay safe in and around water this summer,” stated David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA.
“The aim of the Swim Safe programme is to improve children’s swimming abilities and their confidence in the sea, which is a very different environment to a pool. We’ll also be helping them understand how they can keep safe at the seaside. We’re hoping this programme will equip children with valuable knowledge and skills so they can have fun but stay safe in and around the sea,” explained Ross Macleod, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager.
As the haze begins to clear up in Singapore, more people are starting to show up at swimming pools. Happy Fish Swim School would like to remind everyone to check the haze conditions before participating in any outdoor activities. There will only be swimming lessons if our instructors deem it fit.