The year before lockdown we saw over 640,000 visits to our pools and over 14,000 children learn to swim (across a staggering 800,000 plus lessons). Halo are committed to and continue our mission to give as many people as possible the skills to not only enjoy water, but to stay safe in it.
We also know, though, how many people have missed their lessons over the past year and the water safety education that comes with them. So, before you pack your swimsuits and head to the beach or lakeside or unsupervised hotel pools, there's something you need to do...
Take 20 minutes to visit the Royal Life Saving Society's website at rlss.org.uk. They've organised this month's annual Drowning Prevention Week and offer – at a glance – some essential information and ideas to keep you safe. They know around 85 percent of accidental drownings occur at open water sites, most because of a lack of open water safely – but they also have stacks of advice to prevent them.
Then check your children into Halo for a free swim skills assessment so you understand their level and the risks they face in water and can take advantage of the lessons they might need to build their confidence and safety awareness. Let’s stay safe together. Click here to read what Olympian Duncan Goodhew has said why Parents should prioritise swimming lessons.