Drowning: the facts and the solutions

According to the World Health Organisation, over 300,000 deaths a year are caused by drowning worldwide. Children and men are exposed to a greater risk of drowning.

Although we’re only a tiny corner of the globe here at Abbeycroft, we’re committed to reducing the impact of drowning in whatever way we can. So let’s look at the statistics and the solutions.

What are the facts?
  • Drowning is the third leading cause of mortality globally;
  • 75% of children that drown each year are under 5 years old;
  • Adults are not exempt from these statistics – areas such as alcohol use and lack of water confidence also contribute to an increased risk of drowning.

What are the top water safety rules?

Despite this rather morbid set of statistics (which sound scarier than they actually are) swimming is enjoyed by millions of people every day. Some even manage to successfully navigate hugely challenging obstacles like channels, lakes and Bury swimming pool on a busy day 😉.

Ironically, the best way to reduce the chance of drowning is to jump straight in! The following also helps:

  •  Keep active supervision of your children

    Personal safety is often an afterthought to kids. Even though our lifeguards are trained to perfection to deal with any incidents, it doesn’t hurt to have two people keeping check.

  • Greater education

    Both adults and children must know about the risks involved in swimming and be prepared to act quickly. Everybody has the responsibility to stay safe and to have fun in the water. Our Swim Academy has a nifty tool to determine the level of swimming lessons you or your child needs.

  • no silliness…well, maybe a little

    But no diving in the shallow end, ducking or bombing. Fetching rings from the bottom of the pool is fine. We’re not party poopers – we just want you to enjoy yourself in a safe and sensible manner.

  • make use of flotation devices

    These are indispensable for children and are even used by adults who are getting to grips with the water. We have a variety of flotation devices to make you and your children’s lives more comfortable.

  • become CPR competent

    It’s also a good idea to know CPR basics in case of an emergency in the pool or in particular by the sea/ocean/river where lifeguards are in shorter supply.

What are the best solutions?

Swimming lessons, swimming lessons and more swimming lessons. Just kidding. But being in the water as often as possible really is the best way to become water savvy. And despite our jesting, swimming lessons are actually a hugely important way to become safer and more water competent.

Find out more about leasons at our Swim Academy at http://www.swimacademy-acleisure.com/


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