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Parents "Scared to Let Kids Swim in Sea"

Parents "Scared to Let Kids Swim in Sea"
10 June 2014 1482 Views No comments

Many parents are afraid to let their children go swimming in the sea, according to a new survey.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has found that under a third of parents are entirely happy to let their children go swimming in the sea, meaning that many youngsters could miss out on the experience this summer.

Around the same number of parents told the poll that they would only let their children head into the waves if they were also going in. However, one in five said they wouldn't let their children go into the sea at all because they think it is too dangerous.

Although there are extra measures to take into account when it comes to letting your children swim in the ocean, there's no reason why it can't be as fun as swimming in a pool.

As well as kitting your kids out with the Original Konfidence Jacket, with its in-built buoyancy and high-visibility yellow back, you can also make the most of some new schemes designed to improve safety and confidence when swimming in the sea.

The Swim Safe initiative is returning for the second year and expanding to more locations, offering children and parents a chance to feel a bit happier about swimming in the sea.

Last year the scheme ran in Bude, offering young swimmers the opportunity to learn about swimming in the sea and safety issues when it comes to enjoying the beach.

Children are given the opportunity to talk with RNLI lifeguards about how to remain safe on the beach and then enjoy half an hour of in-water tuition with ASA-qualified swimming teachers.

This year, the Safe Swim initiative will be running in Bude, Bournemouth and South Shields, with around 8,000 children expected to take part.

The scheme is a great idea for both parents and children who have reservations about swimming in the sea, as it will help to outline how ocean swimming differs from enjoying a pool.

Not only will this help individuals and family have more fun at the beach, but it could also help to reduce the number of callouts the lifeguards have due to sea swimmers this summer.