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Increasing Water Safety Awareness Across Stockton-on-Tees

We have launched our Water Safety Initiative to coincide with National Drowning Prevention week which begins on 18th June. The initiative aims to educate and engage with school children across Stockton-on-Tees and helps them to learn the necessary skills to act in emergency. As well as Tees Active’s Water Safety Roadshow where we will be visiting schools across the borough throughout the week, we have created a digital teaching pack that includes a number of age appropriate resources (key stage 2) to help equip children with the necessary skills and knowledge to act if they find themselves, or someone they know, in difficulty in water.

Middlesbrough-born Olympian, and Tees Active’s Learn to Swim Ambassador, Aimee Willmott is supporting the initiative. Aimee said: “Swimming has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I know the joy and health benefits that being in the water can bring. However, I’m also acutely aware of the dangers of swimming unsupervised in open water, so I applaud Tees Active for taking this creative and proactive approach aimed at saving lives.”

As well as the River Tees winding its way through the borough, Stockton-on-Tees also has more than 30 publicly accessible lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and large water-filled ditches – and it is alarming to hear that more than 400 people per year drown in the UK, with 47 per cent of accidental drownings occurring between May and August, and 59 per cent at inland water sites.

The free resources below can be downloaded and shared far and wide to raise awareness and take action to help prevent as many drownings as possible. We would appreciate your feedback via the short survey below to help us make improvements in the future.

 

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Resource Pack

This pack is designed to provide teachers with a simple and easy to deliver lesson that teaches children about the Water Safety Code and equips them with the knowledge to keep themselves safe around water – ensuring they understand the steps they should take if they find themselves or someone else in difficulty. This lesson can also be taught at home as the core messages are all still relevant no matter how large the group size.

We recommend downloading the Lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation first to familiarise yourself with the notes outlining the structure of the lesson and how best to deliver this to a group.

The session is split into 4 sections: lakes, rivers, beaches, and swimming pools. Each section encourages children to think about the risks that they might face in these environments and to actively participate in class discussions and activities that reinforce the key learning objectives explored throughout.

PowerPoint Lesson

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Lesson Plan

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Activity 2 Action Cards

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Activity 3 Beach Flags

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Water Safety Quiz

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Certificate

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If you do not have access to PowerPoint, you can download each of the presentation videos below to accompany the above resources.

Swimming Lessons

Tees Active works with lots of schools and teachers from across the borough to help children learn how to swim. We also have our own Learn to Swim scheme which helps children to learn and develop, providing them with a lifelong skill to enjoy swimming and to be safe around water. If you would like to enrol a child onto our scheme or find our more please use these link for information on Tees Active’s Learn to Swim Scheme or School Swimming.

Additional Resources

If you want to explore water safety further The RLSS and Swim England have a variety of resources available. Please use the quick links below.

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RLSS Resources

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Swim England Resources

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