All this week Daybreak will be encouraging parents to Make a Splash with their children by helping them learn to swim.
According to a One Poll survey for Daybreak, parents told us that one in three of their children couldn’t swim 25 metres unaided, despite it being a lifesaving skill and part of the National Curriculum. Also half were worried about the safety of their children around water, and one in 10 told us that their children’s inability to swim, affected where they went on holiday.
The ASA also made similar findings saying that every year 200,000 children will leave primary school unable to swim, which equates to two million over the next decade. With over 400 drownings recorded in Britain each year, this is a shocking statistic.
This week, Gethin Jones will be broadcasting live from Europe and the UK raising issues that have prevented children from learning to swim and highlighting ways to motivate youngsters to get into the pool. Also helping to spread the word we will be joined across the week by former British Olympic swimmers Rebecca Adlington, Steve Parry, Sharon Davies and Mark Foster.
Mark has gone one step further, take a look at his Make a Splash learn to swim videos online made exclusively for Daybreak.
Mark Foster says:
"I think swimming is a fun way to keep fit, but also an essential life skill which every child should learn. My mum taught me to swim, and I hope that our Make a Splash campaign will encourage you to do the same with your child.
We also want you to pledge this week to help your child to learn this life saving skill. Complete our online poll and stay tuned to Daybreak all week. Also we would like to hear from you. Let us know your own experiences and comments of teaching children to swim via firstname.lastname@example.org, on our Facebook or on Twitter."
So go on Make a Splash with your family and join our campaign!
Check out our extra online tutorials with swimming champion Mark Foster on how to best get your child used to the water...