Drowning Prevention Week

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Drowning Prevention Week Campaign 

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped support Drowning Prevention Week this year. With your help, we directly reached almost 2 million people with water safety messages, and millions more learned how to stay safe and have fun near water through the press and social media.

The Drowning Prevention Week resources are still available to those who are interested in educating others about water safety.

The campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) aims to reduce the number of drowning and non-fatal drowning incidences that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.

Supporting Drowning Prevention Week will help scores of children to learn about water safety. It could even save a child’s life.

Our Objectives

      • Increase the number of children receiving water safety education
      • Reduce the number of drowning incidences
      • Promote local and national drowning prevention projects and initiatives

Our Resources

We have produced a range of activities for schools and youth groups, ranging from classroom-based workshops to outdoor PE and orientation sessions, as well as a host of pool-based resources for leisure centres and swim schools.

All are available to download FREE. Register HERE to get access to all the resources.

How you could get involved

Delivering water safety - Whether you want to use our resources to host an assembly at a local school, teach water safety at a community group, hold a stall at an event or simply share our social media messages, your involvement could make a real difference.

Leisure activities -  We have produced a range of activity plans and fun ideas for leisure centres and swimming pools to help them provide family fun and challenges that help to raise awareness of water safety, as well as promote the centre or club.

Families Stories

We thank all the families for allowing us to share their stories and helping us raise awareness and save lives.

Drowning Prevention Week Toolkit

To download a copy of the Campaign Toolkit for DPW please click the button below.

Click here to download the DPW Toolkit.


To download the 2019 PR Template for Drowning Prevention Week, click here.

Social Media Posts


  • Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal drowning experiences. Keep your family safe this summer with the RLSS UK’s summer water safety messages bit.ly/SummerWaterSafety #STOPDROWNING
  • Drowning is a leading cause of child accidental death. Stay safe with RLSS UK summer tips bit.ly/SummerWaterSafety #STOPDROWNING
  • You are more likely to die from drowning than by being hit by a car or in a fire. Stay safe - bit.ly/SummerWaterSafety #STOPDROWNING


  • We are proud to support RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week #STOPDROWNING #DPW. To find out more visit http://bit.ly/RLSSUKDPW 
  • Over 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more suffer injury, some life-changing, through non-fatal drowning experiences. #STOPDROWNING #DPW. To find out how you can get involved visit – http://bit.ly/RLSSUKDPW 


    • We are proud to support Drowning Prevention Week #STOPDROWNING #DPW. For more information visit - http://bit.ly/RLSSUKDPW 

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    Resources for SEND pupils

    We have been working in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust to make Drowning Prevention Week accessible to everyone.  There are a range of resources tailored to delivery for SEND pupils  https://topsportsability.co.uk/

    How to Get Involved