Welcome to the #itonlytakes20seconds webpage. The #itonlytakes20seconds water safety campaign has been developed by Royal Life Saving Bahrain and the Bahrain Swimming Association to raise awareness of the importance of
supervising children correctly when in, on or around water.
On this page, you will find lots of useful tips and information about how to prevent drownings and water related accidents. In addition, people aged 8 and above can register for 12 FREE swimming lessons this summer with our Swim for Safety program.
On average, 16 to 20 lives are lost to drowning each year in Bahrain. We believe that even one life lost, is one too many. Drowning prevention is everyone’s responsibility, and we must all work together to encourage everyone to enjoy swimming and recreation in water safely. 20 Seconds is all it can take for a child to drown in as little as a few inches of water. Many people are not aware that it can happen this quickly, which is why we want to draw attention to the importance of correctly supervising children in, on and around water at all times, whether you are at home, a swimming pool or even the beach.
The #ItonlyTakes20seconds Campaign has been sponsored by Batelco, and we are incredibly grateful for their support in helping us draw attention to this important issue. As part of this sponsorship, Batelco will be funding 100 people aged 8 years and above to complete a 12 lesson swimming program called Swim for Safety. This internationally recognised program has been designed to teach complete beginners the fundamental survival swimming skills that could one day save their life, or the life of someone else. To register your interest in taking part in the Swim for Safety program this summer, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link and complete the registration form. Please note, registration closes on the 15th June 2021, after which 100 participants will be picked at random.
The 12 lesson Swim for Safety program teaches participants the following key survival swimming skills;
* *A water survival sequence is defined as: Fall in entry (safely), face down, rotate on to back, float on back, scull and tread water for 1 minute, move to a point of safety to secure self, climb out (safely) to exit.
Lack of water minded culture ìn Bahrain
Many people can't swim
Overwhelming support for teaching swimming
Overwhelming support for lifeguards and home pool fencing
Need for community resilience through first aid and CPR
Overwhelming support for principles of RLSB