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Swimming safety outlined as a priority for schools

24th May 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Swimming safety is a priority for schools in the UK, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has suggested.

Over 1.1 million primary schoolchildren in England are unable to swim the 25 metre length of a typical swimming pool without help, according to a recent report by the Amateur Swimming Association.

David Walker, RoSPA’s leisure safety manager, said: “These appalling figures show a failure to protect our children from the risk of drowning. Having the swimming and water safety skills to save yourself or others doesn’t come instinctively, it has to be taught.”

He added that fewer than 50 per cent of primary schoolchildren are able to swim, which should be seen as a wake-up call for schools, parents and the government.

Mr Walker went on to say that there is “quite clearly a huge challenge ahead” that needs to be faced, with some parents unaware that their children cannot swim.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801590169-ADNFCR


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