In 2022, there was a 46% increase in the number of accidental fatalities amongst children, compared to the 5-year average. 35 accidental child fatalities were reported - the equivalent of a classroom of children.
Every young person should have access to water safety skills that can be used throughout their life, no matter their background. This knowledge will keep them safe around the water and enrich their opportunities to engage in water-related activities and play. At the RLSS UK, we believe that water safety knowledge is best achieved through sustained learning of skills that need embedding to affect good decision-making and behaviours.
The Water Smart Schools Award programme provides a framework for schools to help them facilitate this essential knowledge and skills in their pupils to an excellent standard.
The initiative provides schools with all the necessary materials to deliver class-based water safety education, utilising our tried and tested, adaptable lesson plans and resources. An holistic approach allows whole school / community involvement, provides School Council with an excellent project base and fosters greater understanding of water safety issues, both locally and further afield.
On completion, a school will receive an accreditation award certificate at one of three challenging and exciting levels: bronze, silver or gold, valid for a period of two years.
Once you've read the information provided on these pages and are ready to commit to taking part (whether now, or at a set time in the future), please complete the form linked below to register your school.
Register your school
Your step-by-step guide to achieving Water Smart School status and the support you will receive from us
Whether aspiring to reach bronze, silver or gold status, the programme essentials outline the basic commitment required for a school to achieve the benefits and objectives of a Water Smart School.
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