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The Water Safety Awards

The Swim England Water Safety Awards are complementary Awards available to learners who are undertaking the Learn to Swim Stages 1-7 of the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

There are three Water Safety Awards covering essential skills in water safety, personal survival and self-rescue. These are mapped to Learn to Swim Stages 3, 5 and 7.

Why should you deliver the Water Safety Awards as part of your lessons programme?

There are around 400 fatal accidental drownings per year in the UK. Almost half (44%) of those victims had fallen into water unexpectedly when they drowned.

Swim England is proud to be part of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) – a group that has been developed to address these statistics and ensure water safety and self-rescue remain at the forefront of swimming activity for children and young people. Other organisations in the group include the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The Water Safety Awards are aligned with the most current water safety guidance, they have been written and reviewed in partnership with the RLSS and the RNLI.

Here’s why GO Gateshead deliver the Water Safety Awards…

“… in every survey of our customers, teaching children to be safe in and around water comes out as the most important reason for joining swimming lessons.

“… these lessons have a real wow factor, providing fun and engaging activities which stick in the minds of swimmers and the skills and knowledge that could one day save their life.”

Interested in implementing the Water Safety Awards into your lessons programme? Below are a variety of options of where you can go next to find out more…

📧 Email [email protected] to enquire about how to integrate these Awards into your swimming lesson programme.

🛒 Visit the Swim England webshop to view these Awards.

❓ Want to shout about any Awards that form part of your swimming lesson programme? Email us at [email protected] to feature in our Awards video series!