Water safety in the spotlight as school summer holidays approach

Water safety is in the spotlight.

MID and East Antrim Borough Council is taking part in Drowning Prevention Week 2019.

Drowning Prevention Week, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), will see  water safety activity in the UK and Ireland from 14 – 24 June.

The campaign aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water, and a host of free resources have been produced to help supporters promote water safety.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is teaming up with the RLSS UK, RNLI and Community Rescue Service to deliver events to raise awareness of water safety this summer.

The Council has activities to help you stay safe near water this summer.

Events programmes have been delivered to schools in Mid and East Antrim.

There are three free Water Wise workshops happening in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne Leisure Centres for children aged 8-15.

  • Seven Towers, Ballymena: 15 June 12pm-1pm T: 028 2563 3382 to book
  • Larne Leisure Centre: 15 June 11am-12pm T: 028 2826 2497 to book
  • Carrickfergus Amphitheatre: 23 June 10-11am T: 028 9335 8342 to book.

Three Beach Bonanza events are happening in Carnlough, Glenarm and Ballygally over June, July and August where the RNLI will be helping share their top tips for water safety.

More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have non-fatal (also known as near drowning) experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow, said the Council is proud to play its part in trying to cut this number.

She said: “It is so important to remind people to stay safe near water, especially at this high-risk time of the year.”

Di Steer, RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, said: “We urge as many people as possible to take advantage of the activities run by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills. We thank council for getting involved with the campaign and for helping people learn the skills they need to stay safe and enjoy the water.”


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