More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland EVERY YEAR and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries.
At the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), we work tirelessly to educate people to enjoy water safely, to keep their families and friends safe and to know what to do in an emergency. We offer valuable support and counselling services to friends and families that have been affected by drowning incidents.
Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of open water safety.Read more
Everything you need to know about keeping safe near open water and what to do If someone is in difficulty in the water.Read more
The effects of cold water shock are responsible for many of the drownings which occur in the UK every year, as the water temperature in the UK remains cold, even during the summer months. Cold water shock affects our ability to swim and self-rescue.Read more
In winter, children and pets are particularly at risk when tempted to play on the ice formed on open water, and adults can find themselves at risk in attempting to save them.Read more
Make sure that you and your loved-ones are not counted in next year’s drowning figures by following our guide to water safety at home.Read more
Each year UK citizens drown on holiday abroad so being aware of the basic principles of water safety on holiday, combined with knowledge and understanding of the hazards, can increase enjoyment and significantly reduce the number of deaths each year.Read more
More than 12% of the UK population live in areas at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea which can cause drowning. However, through flood safety education and knowing what to do before, during and after flooding, many of these drownings are preventable.Read more
Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal experiences. More people die from drowning in the UK and Ireland than from domestic fires or cycling accidents.Read more
More UK children die in pools while abroad on holiday than in pools in the UK. Make sure you and others are safe in swimming pools in the UK and abroad.Read more
More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland EVERY YEAR and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries.Read more
Every year people drown both at home and on holiday because they don’t take simple precautions, so reaching people with water safety messages is vital.Read more
Although angling can seem like a harmless activity, the dangers that large bodies of water pose should always be considered before grabbing your line.Read more
RLSS UK are excited to launch its ‘Practical guide to setting up a Water Safety Action Group and designing a local Water Safety Plan.’Read more
Most people won’t just stand by and do nothing while someone’s in trouble in the water. On a lifeguarded beach, in an emergency, you’d alert the lifeguards. But what do you do out of season or on holiday when there are no lifeguards and someone’s drowning?Read more