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Youngsters Learn To Swim

 

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Duration 1min
Release Date 1973
Sponsor Central Office of Information for Home Office
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Featuring Rolf Harris as the voice of common sense, he advocates the benefits of teaching young children to swim because as he gently advises, "you know only too well what might happen".
Rolf plays the part of a confident adult teaching children to swim, and in fact had been the Australian Junior backstroke champion at the age of 15.
In 1973 following pressure from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) the Home Secretary set up a working party to look at ways of reducing drowning accidents.
Although the rate has fallen since the 1970s, drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death among the under 16s. (Source: RoSPA, August 2004)

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