Drowning Prevention Week

Promoting water safety

Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in children, in the UK.

Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year – equivalent to one person drowning every 10 hours


Our resources

We have produced a range of activities for schools and youth groups, ranging from classroom-based workshops to outdoor PE and orientation sessions, as well as a host of pool-based resources for leisure centres and swim schools.

All are available to download FREE, Register below to get access to all the resources.


Our Objectives

• Increase the number of children receiving water safety education
• Reduce the number of drowning incidences
• Promote local and national drowning prevention projects and initiatives


How you could get involved

Delivering water safety will help scores of children to learn about water safety. It could even save a child’s life. Whether you want to use our resources to host an assembly at a local school, teach water safety at a community group, hold a stall at an event or simply share our social media messages, your involvement could make a real difference.

Family Fun and Lifeguard Challenge sees leisure centres and swimming pools around the country providing nine days of ‘family fun, challenges and fundraising’ using the RLSS UK’s leisure resources. Suggested activities include:

• The Rookie Lifeguard Big Weekend – Have a go at the Rookie Lifeguard skills
• Free ‘Save a Life’ Workshops – Learn how to perform CPR
• The Lifeguard Challenge – How fast can you tow a manikin?
• Free Swim Friday – Fun in the pool for all the family
• Summer Holiday Safety Session – All you’ve ever wanted to know about keeping your family safe on holiday
• Pool to Pond Taster Session – Find out how you can swim in open water safety


Drowning Prevention Week Campaign 

Our annual Drowning Prevention Week Campaign is over for 2018, but it will be back next year between the 14-24 June 2019. In the meantime, all the 2018 water safety resources are still available to use for FREE! 

The campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) aims to reduce the number of drowning and non-fatal drowning incidences that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.

For more information, click here

Families Stories

We thank all the families for allowing us to share their stories and helping us raise awareness and save lives.

• Cameron Lancaster’s Story
Cameron Gosling’s Story

How to Get Involved