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.
• 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