Survival of the Littlest

At British Swim School, our mantra, ‘Survival of the Littlest,’ is at the center of everything we do, with water safety as our #1 priority!

Teaching children to swim is a step towards water safety, but swimming lessons alone will not make children water safe. Safety experts encourage multiple layers of protection, ALWAYS. In addition to formal swimming lessons, safety around the water requires active supervision, physical barriers, alarms, and more.

Explore our water safety resources to learn more!

Why is Water Safety Important?

The risk of drowning exists anywhere there is water, especially for children. Through education and water safety awareness, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.

Important drowning facts everyone should know:

  • Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children, especially children ages 1-4, who are at the highest risk of drowning.
  • While drowning risks vary by age group, no one is “drown proof” – even adults and experienced swimmers can get into trouble in the water!
  • Drowning is frequently silent and goes unnoticed, even within a few feet of a crowd of people.
  • A person can drown in less than 60 seconds if gone unnoticed.
  • A person can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water.
  • For every fatal drowning, 5 non-fatal drowning victims receive hospital-related care or emergency treatment.
  • Formal swimming lessons and a multi-layered approach to water safety prevent drowning!