• 18th December 2020

The importance of teaching water safety from a young age

The importance of teaching water safety from a young age

The importance of teaching water safety from a young age

The importance of teaching water safety from a young age 1024 684 Marketing

According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), around 2,100 people in England alone are admitted to Accident and Emergency each year as a result of non-fatal drowning incidents also known as a ‘near drowning’, with thousands more incidences occurring in Wales and Scotland. Teaching water safety from a young age is so important because it is key for children to understand the dangers in the water and therefore how to behave in the water.  We believe swimming is a non-negotiable life skill that parents should look to acquire for their children as soon as possible. Whilst a range of extra-curricular skills are important for children to develop as rounded individuals, none are quite as vital and fundamental as learning to swim. Swimming has always been a great recreational activity and in order for children to enjoy the environment they must feel safe.

We believe that it isn’t difficult to teach children to learn to swim and the main struggle we come across in this process is the fear of water. Obviously, if parents bring their children at an earlier age it is more than likely that they haven’t developed a fear of water and so it is easier to teach them. Ultimately, it’s important to understand that some children take longer than others to learn how to swim and they all eventually get used to it.

Learning how to be safe in water should be taken very seriously and we find fun ways to incorporate it into our games and swimming practices during a lesson. Here’s our top 3 steps in water safety…

Floating on the back

The most important skill for a child to learn for water safety is being able to float on the back on the water. This is because when you fall in the best thing is to roll onto your back and float so that you can breathe. This simple action is taught so it becomes instinct and this could be the difference between life and death.

Learning to get back to the side

Once a child has learnt how to float on their back, the next stage is to teach them how to roll from their back to their stomach and be able to kick. Focusing on them achieving a body position that is parallel to the water and kicking will enable them to get back to the side of the pool just by kicking. From an early age, we also teach reaching and holding techniques so they are able to hold onto the side to ensure they are safe. We use other techniques for how to return to the side of the pool from a jump or push and glide and sometimes use the ‘float on the back’ technique when they are tired.

Learning how to keep your head above the water

Now this sounds obvious but teaching a child to establish a good, proper upright body position in the water will in turn cause their head to be above the water. Changes to their body position will enable the child to breathe more easily without taking in water, signal for help, look around and make a decision as to where to get to safety.

If you are interested in your child learning more about water safety, call us on 0208 940 9431 or visit our website www.sportsgeneration.co.uk

    Join the Sports Generation Team

    Fill out the details below and send us your CV along with a short covering note.

    First Name*
    Last Name*
    City*
    Postcode*
    Your Email*
    Contact Number*
    Which venue are you interested in (name, day, time)?*
    Please select which of the following applies to you:*
    An appropriate qualification is essential for this role. Please tick the qualification you hold from the following list*
    How did you hear about Sports Generation?*
    Short Covering Note*
    Attach CV*
    (pdf or word docs only please)


    Subscribe me to your mailing list

      Apply Now

      Fill out the details below and send us your CV along with a short covering note.

      Your Name*
      Your Email*
      Contact Number*
      Short Covering Note*
      Attach CV*
      (pdf or word docs only please)


      [recaptcha theme:light]

        Your Name (required)

        Your Email (required)

        Your Contact Number (required)

        Your Postcode (required)

        Subject (required)

        Your Message (required)

        How did you hear about Sports Generation? (required)

        I have read Sports Generation’s Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

          New Client

          Child's details
          Child 1 Name*
          Child 1 Age*
          Child 2 Name
          Child 2 Age
          Select your child’s swimming ability level* (child 1)
          Select your child’s swimming ability level (child 2)
          Your details
          First Name*
          Last Name*
          Email*
          Postcode*
          Contact Number*
          Which school or nursery does your child go to?
          Additional information about your child (e.g. special needs)
          How did you hear about Sports Generation?*
          If "Recommendation/WOM", who recommended Sports Generation to you?
          Subscribe me to your mailing list

            Intensive Holiday Courses

            If you are interested in Intensive Holiday Courses with Sports Generation, please fill in the information below and one of our team will contact you very soon.

            Your details
            First Name*
            Last Name*
            Email*
            Postcode*
            Contact Number*
            Best time to call you back
            Which venue are you interested in (name, day, time)?*
            Select your child’s swimming ability level
            Additional information about your child's swimming background
            How did you hear about Sports Generation?*
            If "Recommendation/WOM", who recommended Sports Generation to you?
            Child's details

            In order to give you the best information for your child, please provide us with the following information:

            Child's First Name*
            Child's Last Name*
            Child's Age*
            Child's Gender*
            Do you have more than one child? Please include name, date of birth and gender for each additional child in the box below
            Subscribe me to your mailing list

              Support

              Please fill in the information below and one of our team will contact you very soon!

              Your details
              First Name*
              Last Name*
              Email*
              Contact Number*
              Subject*
              Your Message
              Subscribe me to your mailing list

                Join the Sports Generation Team

                Fill out the details below and send us your CV along with a short covering note.

                First Name*
                Last Name*
                City*
                Postcode*
                Your Email*
                Contact Number*
                Which venue are you interested in (name, day, time)?*
                Please select which of the following applies to you:*
                An appropriate qualification is essential for this role. Please tick the qualification you hold from the following list*
                How did you hear about Sports Generation?*
                Short Covering Note*
                Attach CV*
                (pdf or word docs only please)


                Subscribe me to your mailing list