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Teach 200,000 children water safety

by Above Water in Torquay, England, United Kingdom

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Facilitate national training in water safety and drowning prevention for 200,000 children and teachers.

by Above Water in Torquay, England, United Kingdom

Who is Above Water?

Above Water is the water safety in education charity.  Teachers, who are also beach lifeguards, visit schools to teach water safety and drowning prevention.  Above Water has been teaching water safety since 2016 and we spoke to over 25,000 children in 2019.

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‘Professional with excellent subject knowledge and very flexible to the needs of the school.  Water safety is so important; we use Above Water every year’

Alan Bartlett- Canada Hill Primary, Teignbridge

Why Above Water essential?

There is an expectation and assumption that children are receiving water safety education at school; water safety is in our national curriculum.  Unfortunately, studies show that half of the children leaving primary school will not have experienced any water safety teaching and cannot swim.  There are many reasons why schools struggle to deliver swimming and water safety lessons. These include cost, time, location and lack of confidence and knowledge by teachers to lead water safety sessions.  Consequently, there are literally millions of children in the UK who couldn't save themselves or help anyone else if they fell into water.  A child drowns every week in the UK with almost 600 children and adults drowning every year. This is not acceptable.  Through education this could be prevented.  

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‘The whole day was a real success and we can’t wait to work with the Above Water Lifeguards again in future years. Definitely a primary school day to remember!’

Mrs Porter-Upton St James, Torbay

How will Above Water use the funding?

The charity Above Water is the only water safety charity to solely focus on education. Through an education program, Above Water believes it can eradicate accidental drowning. Above Water visit schools (primary & secondary) and present at least 1 hour of interactive, unique instruction on water safety, drowning prevention techniques and understanding the water - local to the school.   Above Water also host regional teacher workshops to up skill, build confidence and provide resources for teachers to become 'Above Water Safety Sherpas'.  Sherpas then have all the confidence and tools to teach water safety and drowning prevention in their own school.  This can then be done on an annual basis.   Above Water is always on hand to support a Sherpa, offering annual updates, school visits and resources. Above Water believes this program is the only way all children can receive essential annual water safety teaching.

Above Water is asking for support to facilitate national training in water safety and drowning prevention for 200,000 children & teachers.  Above Water will achieve this by training 200 teachers to become Above Water Safety Sherpas. 

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Expected outcome from educational program

Two hundred Above Water Safety Sherpas will go back to their own schools and teach water safety and drowning prevention to all their students.  We expect the amount of children that will receive this water safety teaching to be a massive 200,000.  Sherpas will retrain their own school annually, differentiating skills and techniques to help the different age groups.

This is a 'keep what your raise' campaign so every £1 pledged, Above Water will receive making every £1 count.

This plan will have a fundamental effect on reducing accidental drowning in England and be the biggest program of its kind. 

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‘A great session. It was very interactive and engaged the children well. The role play and activities captured the children’s attention and they could recall everything talked about in order to keep safe at the beach.  It was very much pitched at the right level for the age group.  Thank you for coming in, it was fantastic!’

Mrs Land- Ide Primary, near Exeter

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£6,250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Water Safety training for 50 teachers

Receive training for 50 teachers from 50 different schools to have a workshop and become Above Water Safety Sherpas (you can choose the schools, teachers & region). On return to their schools the newly trained Sherpas have the potential to make 50,000 children water safe! PLUS, become a partner for the 2020 season with your logo featured on all Above Water presentation material.

£1 or more

4 of 10000 claimed

£1 Reward

It costs Above Water approx. £1 to teach a child for 1 hour in water safety and drowning prevention (when taught in class groups). Your £1 will train 1 child in water safety and drowning prevention. This means they will know how to stay 'watersafe' because of YOU. Your reward is a 'warm and fuzzy' feeling knowing you have made a contribution to STOP accidental drowning! Thank you x

£30 or more

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Water Safety training for a class of children

It costs Above Water approx. £1 to teach a child for 1 hour in water safety and drowning prevention (when taught in class groups). £30 could train a class or approx. 30 children. You can choose the school to receive this training. Due to travel cost Above Water will conduct this visit to coincide with other visits near the chosen school.

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Water Safety training for 100 children.

It costs Above Water approx. £1 to teach a child for 1 hour in water safety and drowning prevention (when taught in class groups). £100 could train 3 classes or approx. 100 children. You can choose the school to receive this training, anywhere in England.

£125 or more

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Water Safety training for 1 teacher

Training for 1 teachers to receive training and become an Above Water Safety Sherpas (you can choose the teacher, school & region). On return to their school the newly trained Sherpa will have the potential to make 1000 children water safe!

£625 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Water Safety training for 5 teachers

Receive training for 5 teachers from 5 different schools to have a workshop and become Above Water Safety Sherpas (you can choose the schools, teachers & region). On return to their schools the newly trained Sherpas have the potential to make 5,000 children water safe!

£1,250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Water Safety training for 10 teachers

Receive training for 10 teachers from 10 different schools to have a workshop and become Above Water Safety Sherpas (you can choose the schools, teachers & region). On return to their schools the newly trained Sherpas have the potential to make 10,000 children water safe!

Let's make 'Teach 200,000 children water safety' happen

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