This weekend, Sheffield welcomes National Learn to swim day which aims to promote water safety and encourage people of all ages to swim.

With drowning being a leading cause of accidental death amongst young people, it highlights the importance of learning to swim.

Local pools in Sheffield are offering discounted prices as well as beginner classes and advanced swimmer lessons to celebrate.

Events across swimming pools in the city are offering lifeguard led workshops on how to respond to water emergencies. Emphasising the critical lesson of having life-saving as a skill.

As the weather warms, a lot of people are drawn to lakes and rivers which may be beautiful but pose significant risk.

Unlike swimming pools, open water settings can have unpredictable conditions including undercurrents, drop in water depth and cold temperatures which can lead to shock.

The day serves as a reminder that swimming is not just a way to stay active, but instead is a vital life skill and does not prejudice the age in which you learn.

On National Learn to Swim Day, have fun, hit your local pool, feel safe in the water and remember the serious threat that open water swimming can offer.