The ASA and RNLI have today launched their open water safety initiative, Swim Safe 2015, as new research reveals that a fifth of children have got into difficulties in open water.
The findings also show that while parents are becoming more aware of the dangers posed by swimming in seas and lakes, 26 per cent do not believe cold water would affect a child’s swimming ability. This is despite RNLI warnings that swimming in temperatures below 15 degrees celsius can seriously affect your breathing and movement.
"Swimming in the sea is great fun but it is essential that children and parents know how to stay safe" - Jon Glenn.
ASAFurthermore, nearly half (43 per cent) of parents wrongly believe that if their child can swim in a pool, they will be safe in the sea, and one in eight parents (9 per cent) admit they don’t always supervise their children when they are in the sea or open water.
The statistics are released as the two organisations launch their annual Swim Safe programme, which this year is also supported by British Olympic Open Water Swimming Medallist, Cassie Patten, and Swimming World Champion Mark Foster.