Being able to swim can keep you safe when you're near
water and possibly help you to save others. In the UK, drowning is
the third most common cause of accidental death amongst children so
it's crucial that you educate children in the importance of water
safety and take necessary precautions.
This should start at an early age with small but significant
steps such as keeping toddlers away from garden ponds and
supervising children in paddling pools at all times.
As children grow up they should be able to spot potential
dangers and know what to do in an emergency, as well as be able to
swim. Promotional campaigns such as Water Safety Awareness Week and Stay Away From the Edge help to get this
Even strong adult swimmers are not immune to difficulties in the
water. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) offers
excellent advice on the subject and trains almost 1 million adults
and children each year in water safety, rescue techniques and life
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