Our team are passionately committed to reducing drowning and sharing water safety messages to all communities far and wide. Working in conjunction with partner agenices and community groups the spread of the messages is much wider and more powerful. For example we enjoy working with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, Kent Search and Rescue, Community Wardens, Community Pastors and HM Coastguard to promote water safety at events.
If you are a regular follower of our social media channels and preventative work you will have seen that we are actively involved in supporting other water safety organisations campaigns to help prevent and reduce drownings. Here is a run down on the campaigns we get involved in:
Respect the water is the RNLI water safety campaign which runs throughout the year, but is relaunched during May to highlight water safety risks, how to avoid them and gives advice on how to stay safe. More information on Respect the Water campaign
The Royal Lifesaving Society’s (RLSS) Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is run during September targeting University students starting the new college term. The Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is also run in December to focus on the lead up to the Christmas period also highlighting the dangers of walking home close to open water after a nightout. More information on the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign
This year our team are involved in promoting the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Runners and Walkers water safety campaign at the beginning of November by holding a water safety stand at the fabulous Pegwell Bay Park Run. You may have come across the NFCC water safety campaigns called ‘Be Water Aware’. More information on this campaign
For the past two years we have helped raise funds and promote the Swim Safe programme which comprises free sea swimming and safety lessons for children aged 7-14 years held on Margate main sands. More information on Swim Safe
Throughout the year we help promote the work of the HM Coastguard more specifically the ‘Know Who To call’ in a coastal emergency campaign. This is a vitally important message to get across as over half the people we speak with at events don’t know to call the Coastguard via ‘999’ for any emergency at the coast or on the River Thames.
The National Fire Chief’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign is supported annually by the team. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk of accidental drowning using Fire and Rescue Services’ across the UK. More information on the ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign.
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