As the saying goes, ‘safety first, safety last’. It’s so important that you always keep in mind the fact that water does and always will present a potential for danger. Learning to swim will indeed minimise the risk but even the strongest of swimmers can still find themselves in life threatening situations in the water. Every year in the UK there are on average over five hundred deaths from drowning. This frightening statistic can be reduced if people who come into contact with water are made more aware of the dangers.[dropshadowbox align=”right” effect=”lifted-both” width=”250px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]”It’s so important that you always keep in mind the fact that water does and always will present a potential for danger.”[/dropshadowbox]
For those of you that are following my App on ‘The Foundations of Swimming’ and indeed those who go on to purchase and follow my ebook, my advice for doing it in the safest way possible would be as follows:-
1.) If the pupil is a Child, please ensure that they are never ever left alone to practise, not even at home for the bath time practises.
2.) If or when you are using a pool, I would find a pool that has full time Lifeguards on duty and please shallow water only. In fact, the water shouldn’t be deeper than the learners knees if the practises are to be completed to a high standard.
3.) If you are new to the pool then pay attention to signs informing you of the depths, the dangers/hazards and general safety advice. If in any doubt, approach the Lifeguard staff for advice.
4.) Always ensure that your pupil knows that they can pull their face out of the water and end the practise whenever they feel the need. Remember to get the best out of them, they must feel in control of the situation.