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World Drowning Prevention Day

Get involved 25 July 2024

Discover why learning to swim is so important.

Join us for helpful advice and how to keep yourself safe in and around water.

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What is World Drowning Prevention Day?

In 2023, the 76th World Health Assembly adopted its first-ever resolution on drowning prevention.

The resolution accepts the invitation of the United Nations General Assembly for WHO to coordinate actions within the UN system on drowning prevention and facilitate the observance of World Drowning Prevention Day on 25 July each year.

To mark this year's World Drowning Prevention Day, WHO will continue to focus on raising awareness of drowning as a public health issue, reminding people that anyone can drown, but no one should.

They are also raising awareness of the six evidence-based, low-cost, drowning prevention interventions that countries and organizations can use to drastically reduce the risk of drowning.

These include:

  • Train bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation
  • Teach school-age children basic swimming, water safety and safe rescue skills
  • Provide safe places away from water for preschool children, with capable childcare
  • Install barriers controlling access to water
  • Set and enforce safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations
  • Improve flood risk management locally and nationally
Together, We Can Prevent Drowning
Together, We Can Prevent Drowning
World Drowning Prevention Day 2022
World Drowning Prevention Day 2022
Drowning prevention: celebrating 2021-2022 achievements
Drowning prevention: celebrating 2021-2022 achievements
WHO: Global report on drowning 2014
WHO: Global report on drowning 2014

How can I improve my water safety skills?

Do one thing to prevent drowning:

Swimming lessons

Did you know that whilst enrolled in swimming lessons with East Riding Leisure you are entitled to free casual swimming?

What happens after World Drowning Prevention Day?

This is just a day to raise awareness in the run-up to summer when we all love to get back out in nature and cool off, but the lessons learnt are important all year round.

Build your strength and learn how to enjoy the water safely with swimming lessons for all ages.

Available at all of our leisure centres with a pool, find out more about swimming with East Riding Leisure.

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Water Safety

International Learn to Swim Week

In May, we also celebrated International Learn to Swim Week, with informative articles and advice for adults, children and families, on all kinds of subjects like diversity and inclusion, water safety on holiday and mental health and wellbeing. The STA, our swimming teacher's governing body, provided loads of great resources and games too.

Discover more about IL2SW

Drowning Prevention Week

In June, we took part in the Drowning Prevention Week campaign, run by the Royal Life Saving Society. The RLSS is the governing body of our lifeguards; they provided great advice, resources and information to help everyone keep themselves and those around them, safe om and around water.

Discover more about DPW

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