Children at Footsteps Day Nursery, in Stratford-upon-Avon , will be donning their swimwear over their clothes for a fun fundraiser on Friday (June 22).
The youngsters will be taking part in Top Trunks, part of Water Safety Awareness Week which is being run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK ).
The week-long campaign aims to raise awareness of how to stay safe in, on and near water, and help to reduce drowning through education.
By taking part in Top Trunks, the children and staff at Footsteps Day Nursery will be raising money which will help to fund drowning prevention programmes nationwide.
Money raised will help RLSS UK to deliver water safety packs for school children, free community lifesaving sessions and the charity’s‘Don’t drink and drown’ campaign.
RLSS UK , based in nearby Broom, will also be running lifesaving sessions for the reception class at Bridgetown Primary School to teach children to understand water hazards.
Latest available figures, from the National Water Safety Forum, show that there were 420 accidental deaths from drowning in the UK in 2010 – one nearly every 17 hours.
Shockingly, drowning is the third highest cause of accidental child deaths.
Water Safety Awareness Week is being headed by UK Olympic diver Nick Robinson Baker, who saved the life of fellow UK diver Monique Gladding, when she hit her head and lost consciousness in the water at a competition in Russia last year.
He said: “I had a real wake-up call when I had to rescue Monique last year. Now I’d like to do whatever I can to convince people to become more aware that accidents do happen in the water and we should all know both how to prevent them and what to do if the worst happens.
“This commitment from Footsteps Day Nursery and Bridgetown Primary School to support Water Safety Awareness Week and reduce the numbers of people who drown is fantastic.”
Find out more about Water Safety Awareness Week at www.watersafetyawarenessweek.org.uk and show your support on twitter by following @WSAW_RLSSUK and like on Facebookwww.facebook.com/WaterSafetyAwarenessWeek
Five top water safety tips from RLSS UK
1. Teach your children to swim and if they or you don’t swim, go for lessons
2. Accompany any children in your care in the water, staying within your depth. It’s more fun and you can keep them close and safe
3. Never swim alone.
4. Choose to swim at lifeguarded beaches and lakes
5. Look out for lifesaving classes at your local swimming pool