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Water safety for your family

Drowning is the third highest cause of death among children in the UK, on average 40-50 children drown per year. Children can drown in 2cm of water so proper adult supervision is vital. Please make sure to:

  • only let children go into depths that they are comfortable with
  • keep your child well hydrated to reduce the risk of cramp
  • use swimming aids if there is any doubt in their ability to swim
  • teach your children to never run, push, or jump on others around water

 

Water safety at home

Water safety on holiday

 

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General water safety checklist

Here are a few things to remember:

  • NEVER dive into a river, lake or ocean if you do know the depth and whether it is clear of hazardous objects
  • swim within designated areas supervised by a lifeguard
  • learn how to swim, and sign children up for swimming lessons
  • teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather

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What to do in an emergency

What to do if you have difficulties in water or if you see someone who is struggling in water:

How to save yourself from drowning

How to save someone from drowning

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