Keeping our youngsters safe near open water

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After a very long and snowy winter, it is clear that summer is finally here! What better time to get out and about – a trip to the beach, a lake, or your local swimming pool for example? We all know just how much fun can be had, splashing about in cool, fresh water on a hot day. However, at times like this we need to remember just how dangerous open water can be if we don’t pay enough attention.

Recent campaigns, highlighting the dangers of open water include; RNLI Float to Live. Sadly, these campaigns are needed after loss of life tragedies that have occurred in some areas of the country – particularly in bodies of water such as reservoirs. The devastating consequences of such accidents for the families and loved ones of the victims are heart breaking.

As an Education Service, we are keen to get our youngsters enthused about their local water courses – but it is always a number one priority to make sure that they are staying safe whilst having fun! So, we have created some new, exciting free online resources for our schools and colleges to use when teaching young people about water safety.

There are a wide variety of cross-curricular activities for students aged 5 to 18 – from word searches and reading comprehension, to fun Science investigations exploring the effects of cold water on our bodies and much more!

We are sure that these activities will provide valuable learning opportunities that are user friendly as well as effective, and we are really pleased to be able to add these to our ever-expanding free online educational resource bank.

If you are a teacher, work with a youth group, or would like to use them with your own families – please download the resources and tell people about them. Let’s help keep our young people safe around their local waterways!