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.