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Preventing Drowning

The annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, aims to educate people to enjoy water safely, to keep their families and friends safe and to know what to do in an emergency.
Over 400 people die each year in the UK and Ireland from accidental drowning. 40% of these people had no intention to enter the water.To ensure that everyone can enjoy their summer break and enjoy being in or around water but be safe in the knowledge that they, and their children, have the skills and understanding about water safety, which could potentially save a life, the RLSS UK has a range of free educational resources available on their website for children, young people, parents and carers, to equip everyone across the UK and Ireland with the skills and knowledge to make the right decisions about water safety.
After the tragic loss of one of our students, who drowned aged 13 in the River Thames in Marlow at the start of the summer holidays 8 years ago, a swimming scheme was set up to provide non and weak swimmers, starting at GMS in Year 7, with the opportunity to learn this vital life skill. Part of the course includes water safety and survival lessons.
A Water Safety assembly was delivered to all GMS students in school on 24th April, before breaking up for the Easter holidays, to educate our young people about the hazards at inland water sites, such as rivers, lakes, reservoirs, quarries and canals. The students were warned about the potential risks at these sites: currents, hidden risks beneath the water’s surface and the danger of entering deep and cold water. This is currently extremely important given the spell of extremely warm weather and the lure of a swim in open water.
GMS thanks Mrs Murray for this article and for her work in this area of the school’s curriculum.
Please use the link below to access information and guidance on water safety:
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