STA Launches National Water Safety Week

STA, a UK charity dedicated to the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques, is launching its second annual national water safety campaign week, which runs from 5 to 10 June. It will involve hundreds of swim schools and schools taking part to raise awareness about the importance of water safety education.

Richard Timms, STA’s President, says: “Enjoying water – whether at a beach or in a swimming pool on holiday or taking a relaxing walk along a canal or river – is one of life’s pleasures but it’s important that people of all ages understand how to be safe in and around water.

“The focus of our campaign is to ensure that as many people as possible are educated about the potential dangers of waterways because one drowning is too many.”

As part of the campaign, STA has created a collection of free resources for swim schools and schools to use during the week, including free water safety booklets, activity sheets, lesson plans, assembly videos, posters and certificates.

The campaign kicks off on Sunday 5 June at 13:30 when the STA will launch 1,000 plastic ducks into the River Severn as part of the River Festival in Shrewsbury. The duck race is free to enter for visitors to the festival and there are prizes for the winners including an overnight stay for four people at Alton Towers’ Splash Landings Hotel and five months’ worth of swimming lessons from Swim with Style.

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