Drowning Prevention Week 12-19 June 2020
The aim of the DPW campaign is to help everybody #BeALifesaver and enjoy the water safely. In the lead up to Drowning Prevention Week, Leweston has been encouraging parents and guardians to take advantage of the free downloadable water safety resources, produced for the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s annual campaign. In addition to this, throughout the summer term we have promoted various national campaigns that would have been included as part of our teaching through PSHE, Duke of Edinburgh training and also as personal development for every age group. These campaigns include the RLSS Drowning Prevention Week resources as well as:
– Swim England resources for water safety and games for confidence via PE
The impact of COVID-19 has already seen emergency services additionally stretched. With beach lifeguard patrols restrained, water safety skills, and a common sense approach to being around water, have never been more necessary.
Drowning still remains an issue across the UK and Ireland. It can happen to anyone of any age, with around 700 people sadly losing their life in avoidable drowning incidents, each year. RLSS UK, the Charity who aims to help everybody enjoy the water, safely, fears that a mix of the warm weather, coupled with more people travelling and the reduced supervision around water, could lead to summer tragedies.
The Charity are being proactive, urging families to access their water safety resources and turn the lockdown restrictions to their advantage.
RLSS UK’s resources will empower family members to be their own lifeguards; helping you to recognise risks, what to do to minimise the chance of an accident, and how to respond confidently and effectively, in an emergency situation.