Drowning Prevention Week 2018

Issued: Friday 15th June 2018

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 in support of Drowning Prevention Week 2018.

Drowning Prevention Week is a national campaign created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and this year run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England. It aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water.

Lincs Inspire’s fun-filled sessions provide an opportunity for school children to try out different activities both in and out of the water whilst learning a new life skill. Children taking part in Lincs Inspire’s sessions receive essential water safety training such as the safe code, as well as being shown some reaching, ball throwing and rope throwing rescue techniques.

Mary Clark (MBE), a Lincs Inspire swim school instructor who was 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 who have taken part so far 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.”

Last year over 1000 local children took the opportunity to see how potentially they could save a life, either their own or friends, by attending a talk or practical session on Water Safety and Drowning prevention.

During Drowning Prevention Week, Lincs Inspire’s swimming lesson programme within its leisure centres will also have a special added focus on water safety.

Jane Hill, Swim School Supervisor for Lincs Inspire, said: “Every day during Drowning Prevention Week, the first 5 minutes of our swimming lessons will be introducing water safety skills and the water safety code to our learners to raise awareness of the importance of staying safe in and around water.”