Young swimmers learn life-saving skills

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More than 100 mini swimmers took part in important lessons which could one day help to save their lives.

The youngsters from Puddle Ducks had fun while also learning valuable life-saving tips as part of Drowning Prevention Week.

Instead of wearing their usual swimming attire, the little cuties kept their clothes on to mimic being in the water fully-clothed as if in an emergency situation. And joined by their mums, dads and carers, the babies practised different techniques to help them if they ever happened to fall into water.

Teacher Alison Abbott, who owns Puddle Ducks, which runs from High Tunstall Colege of Science’s pool, said: “Over 100 Puddle Ducks took part in our termly lifesaving lesson, and last week we promoted Drowning Prevention Week.

“We used key skills in the pool to help our children to become safe in water such as holding on to objects, turning and swimming in clothes to make them aware of the difference of being in water with clothes on.”

Alison said around 400 people accidentally drown in the UK every year and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children.

She added: “We would like to reduce these numbers which is why at Puddle Ducks we promote lots of safety in the water while learning to swim and also having fun.”