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Water Safety

Be water safe this summer

Top tips on how to ensure that you and your child are water safe this summer

As we look forward to the summer holidays, it is time for an essential reminder about how to stay safe in and around the water. Sadly, accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in youngsters. This Blog contains links to some great resources and an outline of the key points to remember...


Holiday Advice Leaflet 2015A great NEW water safety holiday advice leaflet for parents and guardians from the STA, free to download. Click here to download your copy


And here's a great little animation to watch with your children: Learn the SAFE Code with Perry and the Bouys  






Here are some top water safety tips for you to help keep you and your children safe this summer: 

1. Spot the dangers

danger no swimmingWhen you arrive on holiday - or on your day trip - do a check of the area and look for dangers in and around the water.

- What are the general conditions like in and out of the water?

- Check the tides before you swim and make sure you won’t get cut off from the beach by the rising tides.

- Are there rocks, piers, or break-waters that may affect paddling and bathing?

jet ski- Are there any water sports taking place, such as water-skiing? If so, are these in zoned areas?




Safety at home is important too – ensure that paddling pools and buckets are emptied. 

2. Go together

Remember: Don't swim alone!

Ensure children are supervised AT ALL TIMES and swim at life-guarded pools and beaches where possible.

3. Take safety advice

flagsTake notice of warning signs. If abroad, water safety signage can be different so find out what local warning flags and signs mean

Ross from the RNLI provides great tips on staying safe at the beach – watch this short clip

Make sure your child wears a life jacket on boating trips.

Your child could quickly and easily be blown out to sea on a large inflatable toy – try to discourage their use.

4. Learn how to help

Do not enter the water to rescue anyone.

LifeguardLearn how to get help 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 Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.

You can find out about rescue methods here.

Teach your children the importance of water safety

STA stanleyAll children swimming with Water Lilies Swimming School are part way to being safe in the water as they are learning to swim and being taught water safety as part of their lessons. At WLSS we follow the STA’s Learn to Swim programe. However they need your help too – to teach them the importance of water safety.





10 Top Tips for having a safe holiday aroad this summer - from the STA:


Summer has officially arrived and many millions of British holidaymakers are preparing to depart to foreign shores in search of the elusive suntan, which means long days by the pool or on the beach. Inevitably many accidents occur when simple safety rules are ignored or forgotten in the heat of the noon-day sun. So we’ve compiled 10 simple water safety reminders for people intending to ‘chill’ by the pool or on the beach this summer. 

  1. Young children are attracted to water. On arrival, inspect the location for potential hazards – it is not uncommon for a drowning to occur while both parents have been unloading the car or unpacking upon arrival. Don’t take your eyes off them for even one second if they are near water. Parents / Guardians should take turns to keep their eye on children who are in the swimming pool even if they are in floatation devices and can stand up.

  2. Never accept the validity of pool depth markings – they are often wrong or misleading. Get someone to test the depth before allowing weak or non-swimmers near the pool.
  3. If the clarity of the pool is so poor that you can’t see the bottom, then stay out of the water.

  4. Drains and water inlets can trap fingers and hair. Point these out to children so that they understand the danger.

  5. If the children’s pool is adjacent to the main pool, weak and non-swimmers should be deterred from changing pools or using the dividing walls / features to walk on.

  6. Weak and non-swimmers should not go out of their depth – even when they are using armbands and other floatation devices.

  7. At the beach, never play or swim near rocks, or near boats or other crafts.

  8. On the continent a ‘Red for Danger’ or ‘Yellow for Caution’ and a ‘Green Safe to Swim’ flag system is used, but often a bit on the liberal side. It’s better to be safe and swim only when the ‘Green’ flag is showing.

  9. Always swim parallel to the shore rather than out to sea – and stay within your depth.

  10. Don’t take lilos and other inflatables into the water – they can blow you out to sea and they may ‘pop’.

Safety near water is everyone’s responsibility. Following the above advice will help you to enjoy a safe holiday.



Find out more about the Water Safety Code

Rospa logoFind out more about the Water Safey Code on the RoSPA website.

Why not test your knowledge together with RoSPA's  Water Wise Quiz and look through RoSPA's water safety information sheets.

RNLI shorethingThe RNLI has a new website for 7 - 14 year olds called Shorething! with games and activities, visit the website here



WLSS logoWe are introducing the STA Junior Lifeguard Academy next term - this is the STA's premier survival and rescue programme for children aged 8 years and above. More details coming soon! If you woudl like to register you interest, please contact the office on 01379 740489 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk


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Photoshoot now on!

Photoshoot with Amy Pilkington -  Water Lilies Swimming School group lessons

We are delighted to offer you the chance to take part in a photoshoot with a difference! Amy Pilkington is a professional photograper based in Norfolk and is coming to Water Lilies Swimming School in June, July September and October 2015.

Amy will be in the pool during usual lesson times to capture fun and enjoyment that the children have, documenting the child's lesson and capturing truly wonderful images! For babies and toddler lessons the parent or carer in the pool will also be photographed. 

"This is a great memento of your child's ability and achievement at this time!"

Amy PilkingtonThe dates and times of the photoshoot are detailed below, there is no need to book - Amy will be attending all of our classes within these times. Please also see the poster at the pool you swim at to find out when the photoshoot will be taking place. Reminders will be posted on our Facebook page and Facebook group page too!




After your photoshoot

Amy will contact you via email or text with a unique montage of images for you to view.  The A4 montage will contain approximately 6-8 images, including above and under water shots. There is no obligation to buy, and there is no charge for the photoshoot. However, if you love your photograph and would like to purchase a copy Amy will provide the details. The images will be available as printed copies and in digital format on request.

Please let the Water Lilies Swimming School office know if you would not like to be photographed: tel. 01379 740489 or email treacle@waterliliesswim.co.uk

There is a consent for you to complete and to return to Water Lilies Swimming School before or on the day of the photoshoot at your pool. 

To find out more about Amy Pilkington visit www.underwaterportraitsbyamy.co.uk


Amy will be in the pool during usual Water Lilies Swimming School lessons at the following times:


Harleston photoshoot poster 2015


Quidenham photoshoot poster 2015


Bungay photoshoot poster 2015

Dates and times for all other pools will be posted in this blog once confirms, the photoshoot will resume after the summer holiday!


We will ask all participants to sign a consent form.  A member of the Water Lilies team will be avialable on the day to collect signatures. If you have taken part in the photoshoot but have not signed the consent form, please let us know. 


Photographs are NOW AVAILABLE to view and purchase from the above photoshoots.

Amy Pilkington has sent out emails with the viewing passwords that you will need. Please check spam boxes if you have not received your email. Any problems please email Amy: underwaterportraitsbyamy@yahoo.co.uk 

We hope you enjoy your images!!!!

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