Drowning Prevention Week

Fri 14 Jun 2019

Drowning Prevention Week, which takes place this year between Friday 14 and Monday 24 June, aims to reduce the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year. Throughout this week the Royal Life Saving Society UK, in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England will be showing people how to be safe and have fun near water.

More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year, that’s one every 10 hours, and many more suffer injury, sometimes life changing, when they survive drowning. We are proud to be playing our part in trying to reduce this figure with our Learn to Swim programme.

We believe it’s important that every child and adult knows how to swim, in order to stay safe around water. This is why we run our Learn to Swim programme, available for people of all ages and abilities. Learn to Swim provides the opportunity for every individual to learn and achieve their own personal goals at their own pace. Learn to Swim follows the Swim England programme for all lessons, designed to ensure swimmers learn all the skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

Children that have completed stages 1 to 7 can also join our Rookie Lifeguard programme. Following the Royal Life Saving Society’s UK programme, children will learn valuable survival, rescue and sports skills in a fun and engaging way. The programme gives children the confidence to help keep themselves, their friends, and family safe in the water through a range of exciting activities leading to a series of awards. More information on Learn to Swim can be found here.

As the summer approaches it is more important than ever to be aware of water safety. With families spending the summer months near water, whether on holiday or out in Derby’s parks, the danger is more present.

Throughout Drowning Prevention Week In Derby will be supporting the campaign by sharing advice and tips to the people of Derby on how to stay safe around water, especially during the summer months. This advice will be found on In Derby’s social media pages, In Derby on Facebook and @_inderby on twitter.