Northamptonshire Sport targets children’s water safety during Drowning Prevention week
Posted: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:05
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), returns this year from (16th – 26th June 2017) to help prevent the 400 accidental drownings that occur every year in the UK.
As part of Drowning Prevention Week Northamptonshire Sport are working with schools across the county to deliver vital education to help reduce the number of accidental drownings that happen each year in the UK.
The pupils from the 85 primary schools who are due to take part in a normal practical swimming lessons during the week will benefit from the inclusion of water safety element being delivered to help the children understand the dangers of open water and how to stay safe.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest stats showing that a staggering 115 young people aged 12-18 have lost their lives to drowning in the UK in the last four years.
Hilton Northampton has, with the support of Northamptonshire Sport, distributed a teachers pack to these schools to encourage schools to register and deliver activities in schools in the lead up to the summer holiday.
In addition to the teacher packs, Hilton Northampton staff will accompany and support delivery of classroom based activities within eight primary schools. During these sessions two classes from each school will be taught about the SAFE code, to enable them keep themselves safe when near open water.
Our main event will be delivered in partnership with the Nene Whitewater Centre on Wednesday 21st June and will involve 50 year 7 students from five different secondary schools.
The day will involve Northants Fire and Rescue, RLSS UK, Swimming Teachers Association and RNLI. The students will gain and understanding of the dangers of open water, learn CPR and safe rescues without putting themselves in danger. As part of the day the students will have the opportunity to experience open water in a safe and controlled way.