Being an island, the UK is surrounded by water. What’s more, this island is criss-crossed with a network of thousands of rivers and canals. Add lakes and reservoirs into the equation and it becomes clear that, wherever you are in the UK, it is likely that you are comparatively close to some body of water or another at any given time. This makes learning to swim highly important, an essential life skill for UK residents.
The risk of falling into the water and drowning is such that every 20 hours, someone drowns in the UK (Royal Life Saving Society) and hundreds more sustain life-changing injuries as a result of near-drowning incidents.
Many of these deaths by drowning and near-drowning injuries were the direct result of victims being unable to swim. This, of course, makes it clear why learning to swim is of utmost importance for children and adults alike.
Other benefits of learning to swim
Apart from potentially saving your life, learning to swim enables you to participate in an array of exciting water-based activities without fear. What’s more, learning to swim is also good for your health and fitness. According to NHS Choices, swimming can:
- Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or strokes
- Reduce stress and boost your mood
- Tone your muscles
- Help control your weight
As healthy, enjoyable and potentially life-saving as the ability to swim may be, it can, however, not help to prevent other river or seaside accidents.
Slips, trips and falls are responsible for a great deal of personal injuries across the country, not just near rivers, lakes or the sea. Then, of course, there are boating accidents and water-sports-related accidents.
Injuries by tripping, slipping or falling are often caused by wet, uneven, damaged or loose flooring. Water-sports and boat accidents often occur as a result of inadequate training, although poorly maintained equipment have also been known to be responsible.
When something happens
Whether you are injured by a slip, trip or fall or any other kind of water or land-based accident through no fault of your own, you may qualify for personal injury compensation.
Discover when and how to claim by having a no-obligation chat with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor. Our freephone advice line is open 24/7 and can be accessed via mobile on 0333 500 0993, or from a landline on 0800 689 0500. Any personal information you provide on either of these lines will be kept confidential.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice