At Aughton Junior Academy, we are so lucky to have Ulley Reservoir on our doorstep and Rother Valley Country Park just around the corner. These are great places to visit and explore. However, open water can become very dangerous so it is important that we are aware of the dangers and know what to do to stay safe near water.
Swimming, although a fun activity to enjoy with friends and family, can be dangerous. It is important to know what to do if you get into danger. Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
Even if you are a confident, strong swimmer in a swimming pool, this does not mean that you will be able to swim in open water. RoSPA have a Water Safety Code to help you stay safe.
Spot the Dangers:
There are many dangers with water, which can include:
- It can be very cold
- There may be hidden currents
- It can be difficult to get out (steep slippery banks)
- It can be deep
- There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
- There may be no lifeguards there
- It is difficult to estimate depth
- It may be polluted and may make you ill
- It is always better to go to the water with a friend or family member
- Children should always go near water with an adult
- An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.
If you fall into the water unexpectedly – float until you can control your breathing. Then call for help or swim to safety.
You may be able to help yourself and others if you know what to do in an emergency.
If you see someone in difficulty, tell somebody, preferably a Lifeguard if there is one nearby, or go to the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Fire Service at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.
Over the past few years, we have had RNLI come to Aughton Junior Academy to talk to us about the dangers of water and how to stay safe.