Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest stats showing that a staggering 115 young people aged 12-18 have lost their lives to drowning in the UK in the last four years.
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), returns this year from (16th – 26th June 2017) to help prevent the 400 accidental drownings that occur every year in the UK.
As part of Drowning Prevention Week Northamptonshire Sport are working with schools across the county to deliver vital education to help reduce the number of accidental drownings that happen each year in the UK.
The pupils from the 85 primary schools who are due to take part in a normal practical swimming lessons during the week will benefit from the inclusion of water safety element being delivered to help the children understand the dangers of open water and how to stay safe.
Hilton Northampton has, with the support of Northamptonshire Sport, already distributed a teachers pack to these schools to encourage schools to register and deliver activities in schools in the lead up to the summer holiday.
In addition to the teacher packs, Hilton Northampton staff will accompany and support delivery of classroom based activities within eight primary schools. During these sessions two classes from each school will be taught about the SAFE code, to enable them keep themselves safe when near open water.
Our main event will be delivered in partnership with the Nene Whitewater Centre on Wednesday 21st June and will involve 50 year 7 students from five different secondary schools.
The day will involve Northants Fire and Rescue, RLSS UK, Swimming Teachers Association and RNLI. The students will gain and understanding of the dangers of open water, learn CPR and safe rescues without putting themselves in danger. As part of the day the students will have the opportunity to experience open water in a safe and controlled way.
Tina Collett of the Prevention Team at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Knowing how to stay safe in and around water is vital at any time of year, but particularly so in summer. Our demonstrations will be a great way for students to understand the risks posed by open water and how to avoid them. We will also be emphasising the importance of calling 999 for help if someone is in trouble in water, and what you can do from the bank rather than entering the water and risking becoming a casualty as well. Drowning Prevention Week is a brilliant initiative, promoting lifesaving messages, and is one we’re proud to support.”
About Drowning Prevention Week
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), returns this year from 16 – 26 June to help prevent the 400 accidental drownings that occur every year in the UK.
The campaign also aims to raise money for the Royal Life Saving Society’s drowning prevention programmes, including supporting families who have been affected by drowning or near drowning.
The Royal Life Saving Society is the UK’s leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK. It is also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.
About Northamptonshire Sport
One of 44 County Sports Partnerships, Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of local and national organisations working together to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in Northamptonshire.
The Northamptonshire Sport Core Team is hosted by First for Wellbeing and its activities are funded through Sport England Lottery grant and by local and national partners.
Northamptonshire Sport is committed to ensuring that sport, physical activity and recreation across Northamptonshire is both safe and inclusive