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