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You should know how to read drowning hazards

How important is it to help a friend while ensuring one’s own safety so that the person running to rescue does not end up needing help as well? Both spring and summer always arrive a little unexpectedly. And every year we read sad statistics about accidents in water. Therefore, we thought of paying attention to this topic early on, because it is the right time to discuss awareness of water safety with children and talk about what type of bodies of water are dangerous and what should they do if someone has fallen into water.

It was the sixth year in row that Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel invited children in welfare institutions to celebrate their birthday with them. There were children from safe houses all over Estonia – Viljandi, Tartu, Ida-Viru County, Tallinn and Harju County – a total of 170 guests. Igor from Sillamäe said merrily on his way to the swimming party: “You only invite good friends and relatives to your birthday party! It turns out that we are their good friends.”

This year the topic of the swimming party at the end of spring holidays was water safety and introducing the basics of water safety through games. All this was told to the children by the volunteers of the water group of the non-profit organisation Vabatahtlik Reservpäästerühm. The main reason for drowning is people’s low awareness about the dangers about water – although the nature actually gives us plenty of hints, you need to know how to read these: for example cracks in ice, swirls in water, etc. The children learned about rescue equipment – life jacket, casting line, life belt, etc.

During the swimming day children found practicing using of casting the line most entertaining and the most important thought that they remembered from that day was that upon rescuing a drowning friend one should always hand an object (stick, towel, etc.) so that the person drowning does not pull the person rescuing into the water and the worst scenario is that there would be two people needing help.

Rebeca was really happy that she could be a so-called instruction model during the use of the life jacket, and her sister Arabella enjoyed the opportunity to be rescued by volunteers using a heaving line for 1.5 hours in a row.

The swimming courses were attended on a volunteer basis also by players of the Estonian Women’s Basketball League from clubs such as Eclex, Audentese SG/Noortekoondis, Tallinn University and AmEst Rapla. The children were very proud to have met athletes from the League!

When teachers asked the blue-lipped children after several hours of fun in the water whether anyone was feeling a bit cold, all replied as if in unison that they were really hot! In the sauna, little Ljudmilla thought that next time anyone one with a runny nose should be brought along and into the sauna – and the runny nose would be gone in an instant.

Nikita was happy that he got to use a steam bath and ride an inflatable crocodile and learned to stay afloat using a lifesaver by the end of the event.

A lot of accidents in water would never happen if children and we as adults knew the basics of water safety, and it is this that we wish to teach to staff at shelters and to children staying there. Under the leadership of the Fund, water safety training for staff at safe houses and substitute homes will begin already in May, to ensure that the enjoyment of summer fun is safe for all children in substitute care.

The morning after all the swimming fun, Meelis brought with him to school a large inflatable frog – he had felt so good in the water that he did not give up the good feeling: the frog the size of a person, received as a gift during the swimming day, will apparently help him hold on to the feeling within himself for a long time yet.

Triin Lumi


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