Drowning Prevention Week 2017

Issued: Wednesday, June 21 

In support of Drowning Prevention Week 2017 (16-26 June), local school children are being invited to make a splash by taking part in free water safety sessions or school assemblies, delivered by Lincs Inspire; a registered charity committed to inspiring people in and around North East Lincolnshire to lead more active and healthy lives.

Drowning Prevention Week is a national campaign, run by the RLSS-UK, which aims to promote water safety messages and help reduce incidents of drowning. Children taking part in the sessions receive essential water safety training such as the safe code as well as showing reaching, ball throwing and rope throwing rescues.

Mary Clark (MBE), a Lincs Inspire swim school instructor who was recently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 Honours, said: “We already have many schools signed up to sessions as part of Drowning Prevention Week, but schools can request a classroom-based visit or a visit to our pools at any time.

 “All the children so far who have taken part have enjoyed the sessions and learnt a lot of new skills and the Safe Code. It's amazing to watch and witness how quickly they grasp what they are doing and how quickly they learn the Safe Code too. I believe if we teach swimming we should teach Drowning Prevention too.

“Our commitment to water safety is ongoing all year-round. Lincs Inspire is happy to support RLSS UK to reduce the numbers of drowning deaths by informing swimmers about how to be safe near water.”

Sue Wells, Lincs Inspire Chief Executive, said: “We want as many children as possible to sign up to these water safety sessions and learn what could be potential lifesaving skills, but importantly children will find out about how to stay safe while enjoying the water. These sessions are great fun and they get to try out different activities both in and out of the water whilst learning a new life skill.”

Last year over 3000 local children took the opportunity to see how potentially they could save a life, either their own or a friends, by attending a talk or practical session on Water Safety and Drowning prevention.

Lincs Inspire is committed to ensuring that all children from North East Lincolnshire can swim and are aware of the dangers when playing in or around water and offer swimming lessons for children and adults. 2017 marks the third year of the Mick Burnett Water Safety Academy, which honours the legacy of former Lincs Inspire Chairman, Mick Burnett and aims to keep local children safe in the water.

Councillor Mick Burnett was a keen supporter of encouraging children to learn to swim and, over his years of serving his local community, provided unwavering support to the area's sports and leisure services. In order to encourage local children to learn to swim, the academy offer the opportunity to local businesses who wish to sponsor a child to learn to swim.  For every child sponsored the academy will match this by supporting a second child to learn to swim.

For more information please contact Rob Allison on (01472) 323347 or email: rob.allison@lincsinspire.com