As a result of both the closure of schools and the additional pressure placed on East Sussex Fire & Rescue’s staff and operational crews we have taken the sad decision to postpone our planned WS2 Water Savvy Water Safe presentations.
We will be in contact with you again when the situation normalises but in the meantime here are some resources that can be accessed to reduce drowning risk:
Drowning has a devastating impact on families, on friends and on our communities. Some individuals survive drowning events, but many are left with life-changing injuries.
Fatalities rise markedly from mid to late teens and throughout the 20’s. In every age group, men are the most at-risk group accounting for eight in ten of all deaths. A further 200 people take their own lives in our waters.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue have developed an education programme Water Savvy Water Safe WS2, which is a collaborative working group between East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS), Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), aimed at yr. 11 & 12 students, as well as Universities.
The presentation is an interactive experience incorporating lifesaving key water safety messages around how to keep themselves and others safe both in and around water. The presentation will focus on the hard-hitting effects of cold water shock, the unexpected power of water and students will come away with an increased awareness of the risks in, on and around water.
As young people become more independent we need to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the types of scenarios that so often lead to drowning. Nearly 50% of people who drowned in 2018 had no intention of entering the water, so when the worst does happen they are ill-prepared for it.
Equipping children and teenagers with the knowledge, skills and experience in water safety will contribute hugely to their long-term safety around water.
The nature of what the students see and hear is ‘hard-hitting’ in that it exposes them to the possible consequences of drowning. The fundamental aim is not to shock or sensationalise but to bring home to students the gravity of the matter. The message is ‘Be Water Aware’.
Water is a great medium for leisure and sporting activities and we want people to enjoy being beside, on and in the water safely.
There are two packages available a gold package at 45mins and a silver at 30 mins.
If you would like more information about this exciting initiative or would like to discuss how your school can get involved, please contact Susan Taylor, Water Safety Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Update : 23 March 2020