Being Water Aware

Youngsters from Exeter House School, Salisbury, learning water awareness with Serve On volunteers during the NFCC Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.

Youngsters from Exeter House School, Salisbury, learning water awareness with Serve On volunteers during the NFCC Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.

Youngsters from Salisbury’s Exeter House School showed great timing with their water safety lessons from Serve on volunteers.

The pupils were the latest group of young people on a course with the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Salamander team which, as usual, involved some water fun with Serve On.

It was appropriate, then, that their visit coincided with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week.

The youngsters certainly had fun being water aware as part of their Salamander course, and it was one of several enjoyable and educational activities before their final passing out parade.

They also helped to spread an important message..

The NFCC's Drowning prevention and water safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk of accidental drowning in an attempt to cut water-related deaths by 50 per cent by 2026.

Drowning is amongst the leading causes of accidental death in the UK. The NFCC wants to make people safer by making them aware of the risks and dangers when around water, what to do if they fall into water and how to help someone who is in trouble in water.

Youngsters from Exeter House School, Salisbury, passing out at the end of their three -day DWFRS Salamander course

Youngsters from Exeter House School, Salisbury, passing out at the end of their three -day DWFRS Salamander course

Serve On volunteers are always happy to help get that message across.

In 2017, 255 people accidentally drowned in UK; 100 people were found to have drugs or alcohol in their system.  In 50% of these accidental deaths people weren’t even taking part in water-based activities. With statistics showing that 106 people who accidentally drowned in 2017, were simply running or walking near water. 

Men also account for the greatest number of deaths from accidental drowning. 

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The NFCC is calling for universities to speak to students about water safety, particularly as many will be in new or unfamiliar surroundings.

The NFCC is a member of the National Water Safety forum and is committed to the National Drowning Prevention Strategy .