Drowning Prevention Week (DPW), this year is running from 12-19th June. The aim of the campaign is to help everybody across the UK and Ireland to be a lifesaver and take charge of their own destiny to enjoy the water, safely.
Created by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK, the campaign is now its 7th year and over that time the charity has gained an ever-increasing amount of support to educate individuals and families, at a time of the year that is most crucial. Across the UK and Ireland there is a spike in fatal drowning incidents during the summer months. The RLSS is increasingly concerned this summer as the impact of COVID-19 is far reaching and has resulted in reduced beach lifeguard services and supervised venues.
Due to the current lockdown, drowning prevention workshops cannot be delivered in the usual way. Therefore, the RLSS have been providing free online resources for people to access as well as launching a social media campaign to try and get 700 photos shared using the hashtagsDPW and BeALifesaver. This is to represent the 700 people who drown each year across the UK and Ireland.
What has BULSCA done?
As mentioned previously, courses could not be run. However, the BULSCA committee along with lifesavers from the University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club and University of Warwick Lifesaving Club took photos of themselves holding one of nine posters produced by the RLSS. These were then collated and two posters were produced and shared using the hashtags #DPW and #BeALifesaver.
The first poster contains only the BULSCA committee members:
The second poster contains the lifesavers from the University of Birmingham Lifesaving Club, the University of Warwick Lifesaving Club and the BULSCA committee:
A massive thank you to everyone that took a photo in support of Drowning Prevention Week!
If you would like to find out more, please go to https://www.rlss.org.uk