As the UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, we welcome the release of RoSPA’s report ‘Managing Safety at Inland Waters ’.

Updated to reflect the changes in inland water use and the associated responsibilities of site managers, land owners and authority bodies; the report looks at the new opportunities, challenges and risks made apparent with public access to these sites.

The report offers a wealth of advice, primarily targeted at those in effective control of all sites where visitors have access to inland bodies of water e.g. canals, reservoirs and lakes. The report does not cover coastal waters, areas of water solely used by industry or bodies of water within private domestic premises and is not designed to offer bespoke solutions, to the unique and varied issues, raised by individual bodies of water.

Led by RoSPA, the report is a result of a wider collaboration with ourselves with additional support from members of the National Water Safety Forum.

 Adrian Lole, Technical Director of the Royal Life Saving Society UK said:

 “As we head into spring and our thoughts turn to getting out and about more, the release of this report couldn’t be better timed.

“We welcome the comprehensive and thorough approach RoSPA have taken to the issue of inland water safety and recognise that, inland bodies of water are increasingly significant features of leisure complexes, retail parks, active open spaces and travel routes. In turn, these play a vital role in the mental and physical health and well-being of the general public.

“With our own Water Safety Consultancy Service already up and running and supported by our suite of open water qualifications, I am confident that we are best-placed to advise and support anyone concerned about managing safety or who may be looking at creating, developing or improving access to, a body of water on their land.

“Hopefully this report will encourage and inspire people to review their existing approach to safety and to consider opening up their bodies of water for everyone’s benefit and we’re here to help make that process smooth and easy for them.” 

For more details on RLSS UK’s Water Safety Consultancy Service, please click here.

You can access RoSPA’s report here