We’re optimistic about Drowning Prevention Week 2021 and returning to the form of 2019, when 750,000 children were provided with practical water safety lessons. 2021 is a crucial year for initiatives that address a specific gap in school swimming and water safety education. During 2020, cohorts of young people have missed out on the opportunity to swim.

In addition, typical participation in swimming and water safety for BAME communities is worryingly low. In 2021 DPW will focus on the impact and wake left by COVID-19 with a particular aim to increase participation among underrepresented communities.