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Drowning Prevention Week 2024

Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd June

Life buoy for drowning prevention week 2024 showing our support

RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week is one of the most important weeks of the year. It is imperative that children, young people and adults learn water safety skills. These allow them to remain safe and enjoy the benefits and fun that can be had in the water. Running from Saturday 15th until Friday 21st June 2024 inclusive. 

We have spent time planning sessions, presentations and more to enable us to educate as many people, especially children,  in a variety of different ways. Our qualified and experienced swimming teachers will be using their group, private and school lessons to teach their participants skills which can help if you get in trouble or know the best thing to do when others get into trouble.

On average, 307 UK and Irish citizens lose their lives to accidental drowning each year and 49% of accidental drownings occur between May and August.

Additionally, some of our team will be heading into local primary schools – Brighstone, Freshwater and Yarmouth, Shalfleet and St Saviours. They will deliver school assembles on drowning prevention and water safety throughout the week to further increase our reach.

Daily FREE family sessions on Drowning Prevention – Booking is essential

We have been planning hard for this year’s event to bring sessions to children, young people and adults in as many ways as possible. Times are hard for some families and we don’t want that to stop people’s education, especially on something as important as water safety.

These 1-hour family sessions will be taking place on:

  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June at 11am
  • Monday 17th, Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st June at 6pm
  • Thursday 20th at 7pm

The Water Safety Code is a huge part of all water safety education. It has been designed to provide information, which is simple and easy to remember. It is used to help educate anyone across the UK and Ireland to make early, critical decisions and, also to help people to understand what they should do in emergency action.

Remember: Drowning is preventable, even one drowning is too many.

Girl floating in a swimming pool
Water safety code picture