The Swimming Teachers Association is the UK’s leading educational charity responsible for the promotion of saving lives through the teaching of swimming and lifesaving launches its National Water Safety Week from the 6th to 10th June 2016.
The aim of National Water Safety Week is to raise awareness about the importance of water safety ahead of the summer months when we see a huge increase in drownings.
A recent survey revealed that here in Northern Ireland that:
- Almost 87% of people say they are not very competent swimmers or can’t swim at all.
- For those who don’t like swimming or can’t swim, 55% say it’s because of the fear of water.
Only 44% swim on holiday.
- Two thirds worry about drowning as the result of poor swimming skills.
To mark the launch of National Water Safety Week local Ballymoney man and President of the Swimming Teachers Association, Richard Timms launched 1,000 ducks into the River Severn in Shrewsbury at the weekend for a fun filled duck race.
Richard is passionate about the promotion of water safety and is appealing to the public that if they would like more information there is a range of free resources to download from the STA’s website at www.sta.co.uk