I’m absolutely thrilled that we have got our first Parents First Aid session booked in, I think its so important that Parents and carers have a knowledge of First Aid, just being able to identify when a child is really unwell can make the difference between life and death. Our first session is booked on the 1st July at Marl Pits Swimming Pool in Rawtenstall 6.30pm – 8.30pm and we will be covering basic Lifesupport skills, please consider coming if you can.

All of these links will take you to the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Drowning Prevention Week website, you can download lots of teaching session plans and useful information about water safety, please remember they are a charity and can use all the help they can get to improve water safety for everyone!

Colouring sheets and learn to spot the dangers about water


Information about dangers around water


Printable safety poster aimed at children


UK drowning statistics for 2010 (the latest available data)

 In general

  • Most drownings are avoidable
  • One in five adults in the UK cannot swim
  • Usually more than half of people who drown knew how to swim
  • Drowning is the 3rd most common cause of accidental death in children in this country.
  • Many more thousands (as many as 1 in 500 people) have near drowning experiences, some of which cause long-term physical effects, such as brain damage

 Overall figure for 2010

  • 420 deaths by drowning (not including suicides or suspected suicides) – this equates to nearly one drowning every 17 hours


  • Only 57 of the casualties were children up to the age of 19, which is less than 14%

 Time of year

  • The highest numbers of death by drowning occurred in April, June and August, coinciding with school and bank holidays

 Drowning venues

  • Nearly 50% of the deaths by drowning were of people who did not intend to be in the water
  • The most common place for drownings in 2010 were in a river (25% of all drownings), followed by the sea (about 17% of all drownings), followed by the coast/shore/beach (roughly 15% of all drownings)
  • Amongst 0 – 4-year olds ponds were the most common venue for drownings in 2010, with 8 deaths.  This is 4 times higher than death by drowning in other venues
  • Amongst 15 – 19-year olds the most common drowning venue was in a river, with 9 deaths.  The second most common venue was a lake, with 5 deaths.


  • Of recorded accidental deaths, more than 75% were male.
  • The most common age for male deaths was 20 – 24-years old (25 deaths).  The most common age for female deaths was 50 – 54 (9 deaths).
  • Amongst 0 – 4-year olds 11 boys drowned and 1 girl

Drowning activities

The top 5 determinable activities that were being undertaken by people as they drowned were:

  1. Walking/running (58 people)
  2. In manually powered boats (33 people)
  3.  Swimming (31 people)
  4. Commercial (31 people
  5. Angling (30)

 Statistics provided by National Water Safety Forum

To find out more about Water Safety Awareness Week please visit www.watersafetyawarenessweek.org.uk

What is Drowning Prevention Week?
Drowning Prevention Week is the annual campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK which aims to promote water safety and help reduce incidents of drowning.

The campaign, running from 22 to 30 June in 2013, uses positive messaging within the media and local communities to promote having fun and staying safe near water. Schools, leisure centres, clubs and organisations are asked to deliver water safety messages and events throughout the week.

Participants are also encouraged to raise money for the charity’s drowning prevention programmes via the fundraising aspect of the campaign – Top Trunks.

The campaign was launched by national water safety and drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK in 2011.
Members of the public:

• Are being urged to download water safety tips from here and to look out for free water safety classes that RLSS UK volunteers may be running in their area. All sessions will be advertised on the above website.

• Are being asked to take part in the fundraising element of the campaign – Top Trunks – and raise money for the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s drowning prevention programmes.
Leisure centres with swimming pools

• Are being asked to host free lifesaving classes.

Primary schools

• Are being urged to run classroom-based water safety awareness sessions for pupils.

To find out more about Drowning Prevention Week please visit www.drowningpreventionweek.org.uk