Drowning Prevention Week

Drowning Prevention Week, run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water.  Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and thousands more suffer near-drowning experiences, many resulting in life changing injuries.

NSVL was proud to support RLSS UK during Drowning Prevention Week, spreading the water safety message throughout North Tyneside in schools, community groups and to the wider public during Cullercoats Harbour Day.  

Find out exactly what we got up to in our DPW Diary below and check out more photos in our gallery.

Monday 22nd June

James R delivered an assembly to over 300 children at Denbigh Primary School, Wallsend.  From there, James met up with James P to visit 4th Tynemouth Beavers.  Feedback was very positive, with leader commenting "The Beavers thoroughly enjoyed their evening with James and James.  I think the best bit for them probably was the hands on experience of throwing the ropes across the room and I am sure the information they received will be with them for a long time."

Tuesday 23rd June

Chloe and James R led a water safety talk at 3rd Tynemouth Scouts.  This included introducing the SAFE code, introduced by RLSS to provide one clear water safety message.

Wednesday 24th June

Paula visited 6th Benton Cubs, a group attended by one of our Rookies.  The Cubs had a go at using ropes, perry buoys and reaching poles to rescue their friends.  In the meantime, 5th Whitley Bay Scouts had the opportunity to 'meet the lifeguards' with Elliot and Alex.

Thursday 25th June

Paula was back to St Bartholomews in Benton, this time to meet the recently formed Scout group.  The 7 scouts learned what to do in an emergency and took part in a water safety quiz with chocolate prizes for the winning team.  James R also went along to share the message with 15th Tynemouth Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. 

Friday 26th June

Elliot was out and about again, this time with 19th Whitley Bay Scouts.

Saturday 27th June

NSVL Rookies had a great time at Cullercoats Bay for their weekly beach session, to coincide with Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day.  We promoted Drowning Prevention Week on our stall which saw members of the public taking on our line throw challenge.  

Sunday 28th June

7 Rookies took part in a Rookie Festival hosted by South Shields Volunteer Lifeguards.  The Rookies competed in an obstacle course, perry buoy throw, beach sprint and game of flags.

We have had a hugely successful week and would like to thank all groups who invited us in to deliver our message.  As always, we could not have achieved this without the dedication of our volunteers.  A huge thank you to all of the instructors who gave up their time this week and did such a fantastic job.

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