Most parents recognise the importance of being able to swim and many children master the skill at a young age. When you take your child to learn to swim, it gives them confidence in the water, enabling them to splash around and have fun on holiday, and also reduces the risk of serious accidents in and around swimming pools or open stretches of water, such as the sea.
If you have young children, you may be thinking about teaching them to swim, but where you should you take them to ensure that they are safe, and protect them from accidents? Sometimes, accidents like slips, trips and falls, are inevitable, but often, they can be prevented.
Where to take your child to learn to swim
If you have small children and you’re eager for them to learn to swim in a safe environment, the best thing to do is book lessons with a qualified swimming teacher. Most community leisure centres run swimming classes for groups of children of all ages and abilities. Your child will start to learn to swim with a beginners’ class, and as they progress, they will move up, continue to improve their technique and learn new strokes.
As well as taking your child to swimming classes, you can also do your bit to help them develop. Take them to the pool and encourage them to practice. Use armbands and flotation devices to keep them safe, and supervise them at all times.
The sea may not be the best place to learn to swim. If you’re swimming in the sea, take great care. You may come across strong currents and unpredictable weather conditions. Always make sure you stay in shallow water with your children and stick to designated safe swimming areas. Try to choose beaches which are patrolled by lifeguards.
Injuries at a swimming lesson
Leisure centres tend to be very safe places; however, it is possible to have an accident almost anywhere. To avoid accidents in public places, such as swimming pools and gyms, always make sure you wear suitable footwear and watch out for warning signs to reduce the risk of slips and trips. Take care when walking around the edge of the pool, as the floor
is likely to be wet and slippery. Never run around the pool.
Most people enjoy swimming, but there are risks of public place accidents involved. If you’ve had a fall in a public place and you weren’t at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for public liability compensation. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice