Be safe in, on and near water: Drowning Prevention Week

Amongst all the great awareness campaigns that are staged each month that invariably try to grab our attention, there is one I do have a great deal of time and respect for and think is very worthy of mention. Drowning Awareness Week – run by The Royal Life Saving Society is a national campaign to promote water safety messages and help reduce incidents of drowning. I have had the pleasure of working with RLSS UK for many years now on various projects and know what a great, vibrant and passionate organisation they are and what great work they do.

RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity

RLSS UK, the drowning prevention charity

Over time, the work I have done and my involvement with them has not only been interesting but also very thought provoking and enlightening.   It is statistics such as the following that bring home the reality of how safe we need to be in and around water and the dangers such environments can pose.

  • More than 400 people drown in the UK each year
  • Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK

Running from 22nd to 30th June 2013, Drowning Prevention Week encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities to come up with new and exciting ways to show people how they can have fun and stay safe around water.

And that does not just mean during the warmer, summer months as well.

Water safety is something we all need to be acutely aware of all year round.

Why check out the Drowning Prevention website here and find out more about what the campaign is all about and what is going on.

Also, visit the RLSS UK website here to find out about who they are and the great work they do.

If you are a keen Twitter user (like me), follow RLSS UK via @rlssuk and the Drowning Prevention Week hashtag #dpw2013


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