When I was young, it’s a while ago, i remember taking my cycling proficiency test in school and watching Tufty the squirrel tell us about road safety. I remember learning about fire safety, how to use a fire extinguisher and nagging mum to buy a fire blanket…something that came in useful when I was 9yrs old, but that is a different story. What I do not recall is receiving any input at home or at school about water safety…sure I went to school swimming lessons in a nice warm pool in Lampeter, I even got some lovely badges to sow on my swimming towel, but nothing about the risks in open water.
I know I am not alone…..and sadly not a lot has changed. Whilst it does exist on the educational syllabus at Key Stage 2, many children in the UK ( over 40%) leave primary school not being able to swim and with NO knowledge of the risks of open water at all. This is something we HAVE to change….
My role brings me into contact with parents and families who have lost loved ones in water. After it happens, apart from the obvious devistation, many parents in particular have expressed a guilt….a guilt for not having warned their child…many are now campaigning and lobbying for more awareness…don’t let that happen to your family.
This year the Chief Fire Officers Association (@CFOAfire ) will be campaigning in the week comm 25April, the Royal Lifesaving society ( RLSS) will be campaigning in June, the Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) will be campaigning all summer…ROSPA, the Royal Society for the Protection against Accidents also have a lot of information on their website.
Find out what information your school, college, university are giving your children and young adults and have a look at the information or the organisations above to get more information….make sure you do all you can to keep your family safe and #bewateraware