Drowning Prevention Week.Our swimming term is going exceptionally well. We are seeing good progress from all our swimmers. This is fabulous when the summer holidays are just around the corner. With this in mind and to get our swimmer's summer swimming ready, we are supporting National Drowning Prevention Week from Monday 20th June to Saturday 25th June, where we will deliver water safety activities to encourage a safe relationship with water. We hope that their week will inspire the children to build a future relationship with water and all the mental and physical benefits it brings with it. #EnjoyWaterSafely​ this summer – get involved and give our children the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water.

With the skills and knowledge to make the right decisions about water safety, this summer will be a time to make memories that will last a lifetime, for all the right reasons and we need your help to spread the word and share our messages as far and as wide as possible. 

The Drowning Prevention Week campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), encourages parents to give children the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water. 

What are we doing to support your child? 

Drowning Prevention Week takes place on Monday 20th June to Saturday 25th June. During this week, our swimming lessons will focus on equipping all our swimmers 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.

Example session

  • Identify the beach safety flags in the pool hall
  • Look at Safety posters on the poolside, talking about why you should never go swimming alone, identify areas of the pool – deep end, shallow end etc
  • Discuss Lifeguards what they do, where they are and why they are there.
  • In water, practice swimming slowly to conserve energy, which stroke is best for swimming slowly.
  • Practice floating positions; which one is best?
  • Practice swimming with a buoyancy aid
  • Younger children will practice getting in and out of the water safely.
  • Older children will learn to tread water and hold the position for up to 2 minutes.
  • Older children will learn the “HELP” position and Shout, signal, rescue.
  • Older children practice rescuing each other with ropes, torpedo buoys etc.

Do your children know how to stay safe around water? 

  • Did you know that over 55% of parents surveyed said they would not be confident their child would know what to do if they fell into open water?
  • With figures indicating that around 25% of primary school pupils leave school unable to swim, there is a real fear that as a result of the pandemic, many more children will lack the ability or confidence to swim or self-rescue should they find themselves in difficulty in the water.
  • We are supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK's Drowning Prevention Week campaign, running from 18-25 June 2022, and urging our members to access the charity's free online resources to ensure their children have the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water.
  • With many of us opting for staycations again this year, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) fears that families will flock to beaches and inland water locations this summer without considering the potential dangers, putting themselves and others at risk. Or, those of us who will be venturing abroad for their summer holiday may find themselves using non-lifeguarded pools and therefore be at risk if they do not have the necessary water safety skills.
  • As children (especially boys) enter their late teens, they become increasingly more likely to take risks, with more than 402 people accidentally drowning every year.
  • And for every drowning death that occurs, there are more than ten near-drownings, with many of these leading to life-changing injuries.
  • For more information and how to make sure your family enjoys water safely this summer, visit www.rlss.org.uk.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK has issued the following advice:

Always follow the water safety code. Drowning Prevention Week.

Key statistics

  • In the UK and Ireland, drowning takes an average of 402 lives each year.
  • More than 46% of those who drown never intended to be in the water.
  • Over 62% of accidental drownings happen in inland water.
  • Around 44% of accidental drownings happen between May and August.
  • In a recent survey, only 30% of parents said they were 'very confident that their child knows how to stay safe in and around water (survey conducted March 2022)
  • 50% of children have not had swimming lessons at school in the last year (March 2022)
  • It is estimated that close to 2 million children have missed school swimming lessons in England through the pandemic.

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