Drowning Prevention Week's (DPW's) mission is to help everybody across the UK and Ireland, enjoy water, safely. 

With the skills and knowledge to make the right decisions about water safety, and make memories that will last a lifetime, for all the right reasons.

The DPW campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), encourages parents, schools, leisure centres and communities to use its free water safety resources, to give children the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water.

Now in its ninth year, DPW 2022 is a crucial campaign. Still on the recovery from COVID, millions of young people have vitally missed out on the opportunity to swim, leaving a dramatic gap in school swimming and water safety education and many families are still opting to holiday around UK and Irish waters.

In communities where participation in swimming and water safety activities is already traditionally low, this worrying gap in knowledge and skills, exacerbated by COVID-19, is even bigger. 

This year, DPW will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on accessibility to water safety advice, with a particular aim to increase participation from and engagement with, under-represented communities.

This year, more than ever before, RLSS UK needs your help to swell the ranks of people dedicated to keeping our waterways fun, friendly and secure places to be for everyone.

RLSS UK believes that through free, accessible education and training, everyone can enjoy water safely.