Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) aims to equip everybody across the UK and Ireland with the skills and knowledge, to make the right decisions about water safety.
Swimming isn’t just a critical lifesaving skill, it’s a skill that opens up a lifetime of fun and adventure in and on the water and throughout 2020 and 2021, cohorts of young people have missed out on the opportunity to swim, leaving a dramatic gap in school swimming and water safety education.
The UK’s beautiful waterways should be places where everyone feels at ease, and can take pleasure from their surroundings, whatever their age, whatever their activity level.
To support this week long event run by The Royal Life Saving Society, we are holding a series of water safety live events on Wednesday 21 June and Thursday 22 June 2023. Cold water can be a killer and we'd like to start to raising awareness of water safety from a young age.
We're offering sessions specifically tailored to different age groups, from Early Years to KS4, which will be delivered via Microsoft Teams Live by our Education Advisers. The session for KS3 & 4 will be delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI.
Aligning to Swim England’s water safety messaging, we’ll explain how students can help keep themselves and their friends safe, endorse messaging about where to find safe places to swim, and explain in detail why there are hidden dangers in open water areas such as rivers, reservoirs, canals and seas, and that algae in the water can cause rashes and stomach upsets.
Messaging will be provided on the potential increased risk of being near water with their peers (for older students including elements of peer pressure, risk taking, alcohol & drugs) and we’ll discuss know to look after our friends and help ensure that they stay safe.
We’ll explain how students should react in an emergency situation, who to contact and that they should not enter the water. They’ll receive a reminder about ‘Float to Live’ messaging in case they ever get into difficulty.