Drowning Prevention Week will be run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England.
This year’s Drowning Prevention Week will once again see a deluge of water safety activity flood the UK and Ireland.
Running from 15-25 June, the campaign will aim to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. A host of free resources have been produced to help supporters promote water safety in their local area.
This year RNLI and Swim England will be working in partnership with the RLSS UK for the campaign, and will be providing resources, volunteers and expertise throughout Drowning Prevention Week.
More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries.
RLSS UK CEO Di Steer said she hoped that by working in partnership with other like-minded organisations, this number could be significantly reduced.
“Organisations like the RNLI and Swim England share our common goal; to keep people safe around water. This year we have decided to pool our expertise and resources to help ensure we have a consistent message that reaches the largest audience possible.
“We value the support of all the organisations that continue to be involved with our campaigns and hope you will make this year’s campaign bigger than ever. Together we can reduce the number of tragic drownings that devastate families every year.”
Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Community Engagement said “We are delighted to be supporting Drowning Prevention Week. Taking place just before the school summer holidays, the campaign is a timely reminder of the need to be safe around water when we are out having fun in the sun. Our Education volunteers will be working with RLSS UK volunteers to deliver the Drowning Prevention Week messages in schools all around the country.”