The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is making waves with this year’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign.

The centre will be making a splash this month when they take part in Drowning Prevention Week 2018. Drowning Prevention Week, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and this year run in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England, will see a deluge of water safety activity flood the UK and Ireland from 15th - 25th June, 2018.

The national campaign aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near-drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries. Drowning is also one of the leading causes of accidental death in children in the UK.

At The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, our swimming lessons will focus on life-saving skills and staying calm in these situations.  Pupils will also be taught the water safety code.

  1. Whenever you are around the water: Stop and think – look for dangers, always read the signs
  2. Stay together – never swim alone
  3. Always go with friends or family in an emergency
  4. Call 999 or 112 and shout for help
  5. Float – if you fall in, float or swim on your back
  6. Throw something that floats to anyone that falls in

We will also have a notice board on display with activity sheets to teach your young ones about water safety in a fun way, so do please help yourself to them.

It is so important to remind people to stay safe near water, especially at this high-risk time of year. We are only too happy to be involved with Drowning Prevention Week,” Di Steer, RLSS UK’s Chief Executive.