Water safety events

Water Safety education is really important to us here at Yorkshire Water and we provide lots of opportunities for you to engage your students in the importance of swimming in a safe place.

Toes in the sea

Primary students 

Water safety is an important message all year round. Cold water can be a killer and we'd like to raise awareness of water safety from a young age. Aligning to Swim England’s water safety messaging, we’ll explain how students can help keep themselves and their friends safe and about hidden dangers in open water areas such as rivers, reservoirs, canals and seas, as well as how students should react in an emergency situation.

For primary schools we offer a series of live virtual events throughout the academic year.  These are offered for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Our live events take place on a regular basis alongside specific themed events such as Drowning Prevention Week. 

Live event information and booking

Secondary students 

We've teamed up with the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to offer a series of virtual Water Safety live presentations aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

Many young people underestimate the risk of entering cold water, with the effects of cold water shock and not knowing how to self-rescue causing even the strongest swimmers to get into difficulties. It's so important that young people visiting open water, such as the sea, reservoirs, rivers and canals, understand the dangers.

Live event information and booking


We know that it can be difficult fitting in a live session alongside a KS3 or KS4 timetable, and so we have provided an option where you can receive a link to a live recording so you can watch it at a time suitable for your school.

Please click ‘request resources’ and then specify the Key Stage 3/4 Water Safety assembly in the comments box. We’ll then send you a link and a feedback form for completion after your students have watched the film.

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We are pleased to support the Royal Life Saving Society UK Drowning Prevention Week.

RLSS UK Drowning Prevention Week

Using the link below you can access thematic resources for Drowning Prevention Week to help you embed learning into your school timetable.

Thematic resources


There are many other organization's that provide resources on water safety.

Why not take a look at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution who provide age related films and resources?

RNLI water safety education resources 


You can also access the Canal & Rivers Trust Explorers section on the their website - here's the link to their water safety session

CRT water safety education offer


Nursery & Reception teachers - why not take a look at 'Hold hands, take two steps back' the Canal & Rivers Trust book aimed at Under 5's.

Hold hands, take two steps back