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Olympia makes waves supporting national drowning prevention campaign

Olympia makes waves supporting national drowning prevention campaign

Children in Dundee will be making a splash this week when they take part in free water safety events run by Leisure & Culture Dundee at Olympia as part of the national Drowning Prevention Week campaign.

Using activities and resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (the UK’s national water safety and drowning prevention charity), Olympia will be running fun and interactive water safety activities for children aged 8-12 years on 24 and 25 June as part of Drowning Prevention Week. They also have ‘Save a Baby’s Life’ sessions for adults on Saturday  24 and Sunday 25 June also at Olympia.

Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by RLSS UK, returns this year and runs until 26 June, with an aim to cut down the 400 accidental drownings that occur every year in the UK.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest stats showing 51 under 10s lost their life over the last five years.

The Drowning Prevention Week campaign aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. Leisure centres, schools, businesses and communities engage in water safety education, using a variety of free and flexible resources, produced by the RLSS UK.

The following activities will be taking place at Olympia on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June

Rookie Lifeguard –come and try sessions:

 8-11yrs 1-2 pm and 11-14yrs 2.30-3.30pm

(Children must be able to swim 25 metres)

Save a Baby’s Life-

 2.15-2.45pm and 3.15-3.45pm

 (Adults only)

Sessions need to be booked in advance and are free to participants.

Email: aquaticactivities@leisureandculturedundee.com or call 01382 432332 to book your free space.

Lesley Hendry, Aquatic Development Manager at Leisure & Culture Dundee, said:

“Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and hundreds more have near-drowning experiences, often resulting in life changing injuries.

“We are happy to support the RLSS UK in reducing these numbers by informing people about how to be safe near water, while offering what we think will be really fun activities for the children.”

Di Steer, Chief Executive for RLSS UK, said:

“We want as many children as possible to sign up to these fun events and learn, what could be potentially lifesaving skills. We thank Olympia for getting involved with our charity’s campaign and helping to give children the skills they need to stay safe while enjoying the water”.

For more details about the sessions, contact Aquatics Team – aquaticactivities@leisureandculturedundee.com phone 01382 432332.

Drowning Prevention Week will see schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities promote water safety through events, lessons, games and activities in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water. RLSS UK provides a host of FREE resources including videos, presentations, lesson plans and games.

Drowning Prevention Week also aims to raise money for the RLSS UK’s wider drowning prevention work, which includes providing support for families affected by drowning or near drowning. Donate now by texting DPRW17 and an amount to 70070.

For more information on Drowning Prevention Week:

Visit their website at www.rlss.org.uk

Follow them on Twitter - @RLSSUK

Visit their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RLSSUK

Let us know what you are doing for Drowning Prevention Week by tweeting @LACDundee and @RLSSUK using the hashtags #DPW or #STOPDROWNING.