The Water Savvy Day is held yearly at Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. It is organised jointly by Kent Fire and Rescue Service; and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The aim of this free fun day is to learn about how to stay safe around water. Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with the Gravesend Community Safety team on the day to share key safety messages about how to stay safe at the beach and coast. Some these will be mentioned later on.
Leanne McMahon, Group Manager for Community Safety at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, says about the day: “Our Water Savvy Fun Day is a fun day out for all the family, providing a rare glimpse into the fire services’ water rescue capabilities, and an opportunity to learn really important lifesaving skills. “Water safety is really important to us, and we are working hard to educate residents and visitors to the area about the dangers and how to stay safe while still enjoying being in and around water.”
One of our Gravesend colleagues chatting to children during the Water Savvy Day
The day was jam packed with plenty of activities and demonstrations including: the inter Fire and Rescue Service water rescue competition which this year was won narrowly by East Sussex; and Kent Police’s drone was put through it’s operational paces. Crowds were also treated to a display by the Police’s Marine and Diving Unit, as well as the fabulous Newfoundland Rescue Dogs, hands-on practical CPR skills with the Royal Lifesaving Soiety, further demonstrations from the Kent Lowland Search and Rescue team, Seaford Lifeguards and Sussex Flood Unit.
Fire & Rescue Service water rescue competition
Our RNLI Community Safety stand proved very popular with children and adults like. Some of the key messages we highlighted included:
Follow the Water Safety Code
- Stop & Think (Look for dangers and always read the signs)
- Stay together – never swim alone, always go with friends or family
- Call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard (at the coast) Fire Service (rivers, canals & inland waterways) and shout for help
- If you do fall into the water unexpectedly ‘Float on your back and try to hold onto something that floats,
The Water Savvy Day is such a great day to learn more about water safety, but also enjoy the wonderful Bewl Water. Keep an eye out for future Water Savvy Day events as they are great fun for all the family.
One of the fabulous Newfoundland dogs enjoying a rest after a rescue demo
More useful links:
Royal Lifesaving Society – top tips on drowning prevention
Learn how to Float to Live
Find the nearest lifeguarded beach
Learn more about free swim lessons
Book free swimming lessons in the sea – Swim Safe
HM Coastguard – Beach Safety