According to RLSS UK, every year 400 preventable deaths by drowning are reported and for EACH of those there is an estimated 300 near misses.
To avoid these, they have developed the following water safety tips for:
- at home
- at the beach
- on holiday
- in the swimming pool
- by lakes and rivers
- Read their SAFE code for summer safety around water with your children and visit their website.
Spot the dangers
- Check for hazards such as tides or currents
- Consider what could be hidden under the water
- Be careful of unsafe banks, stay well back from the edge
- Always read the signs
- Only swim where there is a lifeguard
- Wear buoyancy aids and life jackets
Go with a Friend
- Swim with your friends and family
- Friends can get help
- Never swim alone
Learn what to do in an Emergency
- Find the nearest phone and call 999 or 112
- Shout loudly to attract attention
- Never enter the water to save someone
Here is our optometrist James Sutton discussing some aspects of water safety with the President of the Swimming Teacher Association, Richard Timms.
Stay safe this summer, see everyone clearly in the pool, sea or spa with prescription swimming goggles.