To help individuals and families in Britain know how to keep themselves and others safe around open water, SH2OUT are supporting RLSS UK’s annual Drowning Prevention Week from 12-19 June.
RLSS UK hopes that through the campaign, the UK and Ireland will see a reduction in the statistics that see approximately 700 people losing their lives to drowning every year - that’s one every 12 hours – with many more suffering injuries, sometimes lifechanging, following a water-related incident.
With swimming one of the three sports included in triathlon, and open water swimming popular throughout the summer months, SH2OUT are supporting the RLSS UK in their bid to help the nation stay water safe, both during and after lockdown.
The Drowning Prevention Week campaign is also aimed at educating those who enjoy being around open water and how to stay safe whilst doing so, even if they’re not going swimming.
Throughout the week, there will be a range of resources shared by British Triathlon and RLSS UK on social media around being water safe. You can also view British Triathlon’s open water swimming guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic below.
Clubs involved in open water swimming are able to join in with promoting the week and the resources created by RLSS UK by downloading and sharing the supporter resources available on the Drowning Prevention Week website here.
For more information about Drowning Prevention Week and how to get involved, visit the campaign website on the button below and keep an eye on British Triathlon’s social media channels.
Helen Marney, British Triathlon Director of Development, said: “With open water swimming and being around it a key part of triathlon, it’s really important that we know how to enjoy it safely. The RLSS’ Drowning Prevention Week is a great campaign to help educate all of us on the dangers and precautions we should take when around open water.
“SH2OUT is a joint initiative between British Triathlon, RLSS UK and Swim England working to help make organised open water swimming safe and promoting safe use of open water areas. Alongside the joint guidance we have produced for the lockdown period, this campaign will go a long way to help us enjoy open water safely.”