Accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in children in the UK


LSC girls kicking with float copyWith the school holidays upon us, thousands of families across the South West are planning on heading off for their annual summer vacation to spend fun time at the beach or by a pool. However, as accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in young children in the U.K, Bristol Swim School ‘Little Swim Company’ are reminding parents to be extra vigilant at this time of year and providing some tips on how to keep children safe.

Vic Forman of Bristol’s Little Swim Company says ‘Accidental drowning causes more than 400 UK deaths every year, and 360,000 people worldwide. At this time of year it is vital to remind parents and carers of the danger of leaving children unsupervised by the pool or on the beach. Unfortunately, the majority of holiday accidents happen within the first hour of arriving at a resort when parents are distracted and more UK children die in pools while abroad on holiday than in pools in the UK. Most people don’t realise drowning is quick and silent and a child can drown in less than one minute, in as little as one inch of water. There is usually no warning, such as screams or splashing. The majority of drownings are actually easily preventable which is why teaching water safety is so important.’

Top water safety tips to help keep children safe:

  • Make sure your child can swim – regular swim lessons are not only fun but can also be life saving for children
  • Only swim at life-guarded pools and beaches and ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Take notice of warning signs. When abroad water safety signage can be different to that seen in the UK – find out what local warning flags and signs mean
  • Before you swim check the tides and make sure that you won’t be cut off from the beach by the rising tide
  • Even if you are not heading off abroad, safety at home is just as important
  • Remember – always use self-closing gates, fences and locks to prevent children from gaining access to pools ofwater
  • · Securely cover all water storage tanks and drains. Check the garden for anything that has collected water, like buckets and wheelbarrows
  • Empty paddling pools and buckets as soon as they have been used. Always turn paddling pools upside down onceempty
  • Supervise children closely when in parks or other places that might have a river, pond or lake
  • Take extra care on river banks, they are often slippery and can crumble and beware of locks and weirs wherewater flows quickly
  • If someone is in difficulty in the water, shout reassurance to them and shout for help. Call the emergency services on 999 or 112

df_vic_bon_hi‘I have four children aged between 5 and 17 and swimming is the one thing we love to do together as a family. We really want to make this summer fun and safe for everyone and if by reminding people of these facts we have prevented one death it will be worth it.’ Says Vic Forman, Little Swim Company, Bristol.

The Little Swim Company teaches babies and children from three months upwards in Bristol and the surrounding area. Started up by Vic Forman and Helen Brown, all teachers are ASA or STA qualified and was set up to provide swimming lessons which have enjoyment, success and teaching excellence at their core.

Little Swim Company swimming lessons are available at:

  • Westbury Park – St Christophers School, BS6
  • Gloucester Road, Keith James Hydro-therapy Pool, BS7 (opening Dec 2014)
  • Wrington, Yeowood Farm, North Somerset
  •  Portishead hydro pool, (opening Dec 2014)


Bryony Spooner – 07971861707 [email protected] for interviews

Vic Forman 07855 805940

For more info visit The Little Swim Company website or email [email protected]

Drowning Prevention

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