Drowning Prevention Week aims to ensure everyone is able to enjoy water safely

A rise in the number of people drowning has prompted a charity to encourage parents to ensure their children are taught how to stay safe and enjoy water safely this summer as part of a nationwide campaign.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Drowning Prevention Week takes place from today until Saturday 26 June.

It aims to raise awareness of what do if people get into difficulty in the water and promote the importance of learning a vital life skill.

Accidental drowning takes an average of 402 UK and Irish citizens each year, and RLSS UK fears that with lockdown restrictions lifting and staycations on the up, families will flock to inland water locations and beaches this summer – potentially without the right knowledge and skills, putting themselves and others at risk.

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