Last updated: Tuesday 7th July


Local children made a splash at Stevenage Swimming Centre when they took part in free water safety sessions and school talks as part of Drowning Prevention Week 2015, in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK)

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign of the RLSS UK, and across the UK leisure centres, schools and community groups held a range of safety activities. In Stevenage all learners spent the last 5 minutes of their lessons learning about water safety and having a go at reach and throw rescue techniques.


The highlight of the week was a sponsored ‘race and relay’ event between the Rookie Lifeguards (aged between 8 – 16 years) and the Stevenage Swimming Centre’s Lifeguard Teams, where the Rookies beat the Lifeguards 4:3. 


Sharon Hunter, from Stevenage Swimming Centre, said: “Around 400 people drown in the UK each year and thousands suffer life changing injuries due to near-drowning experiences, many of them life changing. Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK.

“We were happy to support the RLSS UK to reduce these numbers by teaching swimmers how to be safe near water, whilst offering what we think was a really fun week for the children.”


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