Saturday, June 19, 2021

Drowning Prevention Week 2021

Scottish Swimming is proud to support RLSS’s Drowning Prevention Week this year, joining with Scottish Water, our National Learn to Swim partner, RNLI, RLSS and 36 Leisure Trust and aquatic providers across Scotland to deliver special water safety lessons between 19th and 26th June that teach Scotland’s young swimmers about water safety.

Teaching toolkits have been shared with our Leisure Trust and aquatic provider partners across Scotland to ensure that swimming teachers have the tools and lesson plans in place to support water safety themed lessons. The toolkits include:

  • 7 Water Safety videos introduced by Olympian Hannah Miley
  • A series of lesson plans for swimming teachers to use
  • Games card resources to support teachers
  • RNLI safety posters to help children spot dangers
  • Flag posters to help children recognise the meaning of different safety flags
  • Links to our microsite www.learntoswim.scot
  • Links to water safety resources at RLSS UK and RLNI

With the summer holidays approaching and the warmer weather inspiring more outdoor activity for families, it is essential that children learn how to stay safe in and around water. In these pool-based water safety lessons children will learn about the dangers that outdoor swimming environments can present and also how to look after themselves and others when swimming outdoors.

The National Learn to Swim Framework which is supported by Scottish Water and delivered by aquatic partners every week already helps children to become safe, competent and confident swimmers and these water safety themed lessons are an essential part of the Framework to help educate on water safety.

Euan Lowe, CEO of Scottish Swimming commented

“It was great to see pools reopen at the end of April and to see thousands of youngsters back in the water learning how to swim. After such a long break from lessons during the pandemic, water safety and learning core skills such as ‘how to float’ are particularly important and we are delighted that so many of our partners are involved with this fantastic campaign to help children keep safe.”

We look forward to seeing and sharing the activities of our Learn to Swim partners over the course of the next 8 to 10 days and hope everyone remembers to stay safe this summer.