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Swim Safety Campaign Launches

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9:46am 29th July 2014

One in five children has come close to drowning.

Not in swimming pools but places like Cornwall's beaches.

One in ten parents says their son or daughter has had a drowning near miss.

It is as the RNLI launches its annual safety lessons at Bude sea pool.

It is worried not enough families know the difference between a swimming pool and the open sea.

Jon Glenn from the Amateur Swimming Association is hoping three thousand children will take part, he said: "We will take the young people and put them into a bit of a chilly sea pool there, but we will take them through some self-rescue exercises, so if they do find themselves in trouble how to signal for help, making sure they can stay afloat and stay in a group, and how to retain some of the heat in their body, those kind of things.

"Cold water shock is a big problem because you hit that water you will gasp and take that big breath, and if you're not a strong swimmer you will take in water and that's when you can get into difficulty."

9:46am 29th July 2014

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