Today marks the first UN-approved World Drowning Prevention Day!
*** Any one can drown, no one should ***
Worldwide, an estimated 236,000 lives are lost to drowning every year, according to WHO. estimates (read more here!)
As a result of the hot weather, we have tragically seen many more drownings reported. Water Safety education and learning to swim is vital.
Drowning is fast and silent, it doesn't always look the way you would expect. It can happen in under a minute. Young adult and teenage males are more likely to be involved in a drowning incident.
The UK is a nation comprised of lochs / lakes, rivers and thousands of miles of coast line.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you saw somebody in trouble in the water?
What about if you, yourself were to become in trouble in the water, do you know how to self-rescue?
As an open water swimmer there are a few simple things you can do to keep yourself safe around the water:
Avoid swimming alone
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs before or while swimming
Letting somebody know where you are going and your expected return time
Wearing brightly coloured swim caps and using a tow float for extra visibilty
Take appropriate clothing and food for warming up after swimming
Research and educate yourself about the body of water you are swimming in
Ensure you can float on your back or learn to if you can't
Improve your swimming ability (seeking out a qualified coach will certainly help with this)
Improve your water safety knowledge - seeking out a reputable company and attending a water safety course or personal survival course!
Know your limits!!