The Drowning Prevention Charity issues half-term holiday water safety advice

26 May 2017

The Drowning Prevention Charity issues half-term holiday water safety advice

With record breaking temperatures this week and the half-term break upon us, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) offers some timely advice for people heading out on away days and holidays.

Around 400 people drown each year in the UK and the hotter summer months typically see a spike in the number of deaths.

RLSS UK’s Deputy Director of Education and Research, Mike Dunn, said the charity wants people to enjoy the weather and water – safely.

He said: “Open water sites such as quarries and rivers have many unseen dangers, like strong currents and extreme temperatures, that can catch even the best swimmers unawares and the sea has unique hazards of its own.

“Knowing our SAFE code will go a long way to ensuring everyone can enjoy being around water, at home or abroad.”

Spot – spot the dangers in and around the water

Advice – look out for any safety signs and advice

Friend – stay close to a friend or family member

Emergency – shout for help and dial 999 (112 if you’re holidaying in Europe)

RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week (16-26 June), ramps up awareness activity, to prevent against avoidable drowning tragedies.

For more information on how you can get involved in Drowning Prevention Week or for tips on how to enjoy the water safely this summer, visit: rlss.org.uk/dpw

Follow us on Twitter – @RLSSUK

Visit our Facebook page – facebook.com/RLSSUK 

Call – 0300 323 0096

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.  Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year–olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).

The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to cut down the number of accidental drownings that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. The next campaign will run from 16 – 26 June 2017.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Porcha Treanor or Claire Huggins on 0300 323 0096 or email [email protected] or [email protected]