It’s campaign week …and as the university students celebrate end term….offices are celebrating Christmas parties and mates go out to enjoy a Christmas night out with pals….a few simple things

stick with your mates…don’t wander off  alone

dont pop down to river or canal side for a pee….too many slip in

avoid walking home by watersides after drinking alcohol

Stay safe and #BeWaterAware


Continue reading RLSS – DONT DRINK AND DROWN


Supporting Welsh Petition

It has been six of months since my last blog …but that is no reflection of the work that has been underway …

The launch of a petion in Wales has motivated me to address my blog sabbatical


The Carmarthenshire Water Safety Partnership has registered this petition with the support of a number of families to campaign for enhanced water safety education in schools in Wales.

Not only am I a Water Safety advocate, but I am also Welsh…and I was pleased to put  my name to the petition in Cardiff in September alongside partners from RNLI, RLSS, Dwr Cymru, Swim Wales, MPA and the Welsh Fire and Rescue Services.

Education is key to water safety…so please take a look and if you want to help. .go to http://www.assembly.wales and look for petition 1406…add your name and contribute to saving lives in the UK


If it’s cold…..

Waters in the UK are rarely anything other than cold, even in the summer….but at this time of the year they are VERY cold. It is really important that people know the impact this will have on the body causing Gasp reflex, followed by incapacity and potentially if you are in the water for too long, hypothermia.

Prof Mike Tipton of Portsmouth University has been involved in research on this for many years and has supported the emergency services and RNLI with advice campaigns…please do take a look at the FLOAT TO LIVE advice as part of the RNLI RESPECT THE WATER campaign and also the RLSS advice for runners and walkers

At this time of the year it’s also important to drop in a reminder about taking care on ice….every year the emergency services have to rescue people who have gone onto ice to rescue an animal …and sadly the consequences are often that the dog gets out and is fine, but the result for the person are different …..

if you see a person or animal in difficulty in water

firstly call 9️⃣9️⃣9️⃣🆘☎️ And at the coast/beach as for the coastguard and in inland ask for Fire and Rescue and give them your location as clearly as you can…leave your Mbl on as they can trace your location

then shout for help from passers by

if possible and without endangering yourself try and throw something that will float to the casualty or use a branch to try and reach them if that is feasible

shout to the person and encourage them to turn on their back and float so that their airway is out of the water.

Finally….if you have you children, or people that are not stable on their feet with you, make sure you keep them away from the waters edge to avoid accidental falls into the water.

Celebrating in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland

January 31st 2018 saw the formal launch of Water Safety Scotland’s new Drowning Prevention strategy in the Scottish Parliament ( WSS is a partnership of organisations who want to promote water safety and reduce drowning in Scotland)

This is an important next step from the UK DPS launch in Feb 2016 as it makes specific objectives and commitments that are relevant to communities and Education in Scotland as a devolved area……my congratulations to all that have been involved in getting that work done to raise awareness and reduce water related fatalities in Scotland

January has also been significant for another reason…you may have seen Birds Eye ( food manufacturers) launched a new campaign for the new face of Captain Birdseye…..however it made a splash for all the wrong reasons ….and our water safety network mobilised and contacted Birds Eye to explain the problems with their advert …and THEY LISTENED….totally fantastic. I am so hugely proud of what the NFCC water safety practioners are achieving and the support from the UK NWSF network wider network too

So …planning is now well underway as we have agreed the themes for the NFCC 2018    Water Safety and Drowning prevention week and the date…wk comm 23rd April…a date for diaries


Party Season

I am playing catch up with my blogs…I missed October and November, but with valid reasons. In October I was focused on applying for and thankfully successfully securing the CFO/CEO position in East Sussex. I am very proud to lead such a great organisation and a fantastic team. In November I had a birthday milestone and my treat was 3 weeks in New Zealand, what a fantastic place, so much space and amazing scenery and a much needed battery recharge after a long summer without a break.

December 4th saw the start of the seasonal RLSS “Don’t Drink and Drown” Campaign,   during which many agencies seek to raise awareness about the dangers of ending up in water (intentionally or not) after drinking alcohol. The facts speak for themselves…each year around a third of adults who drown have alcohol in their system.

Alcohol can inhibit your judgement, you are less aware of risk and more likely to do things which put yourself and others in danger.  Alcohol can slow your reaction times. Alcohol alters your behaviour…some become more agressive, some become more extrovert, some drowsy….so those are just facts that are well known….now consider a drunk person falling in or deciding to swim in a cold river or the sea….it’s a recipe for disaster.

This year the increased interest and partnership work has been really tangible…the Canal and River Trust, RNLI, lifeguards, police, Fire and Rescue and SAR organisations have held many events during the week and spoke to thousands of bars and club staff, students, party go-ers. Also the press have got behind the campaign in a much bigger way, which is fantastic.

It is really difficult to know for a fact if this work saves lives, if anyone alters their actions as a result, but we do know that at least more people are aware and can make a choice. We don’t want to stop the fun…we just want to reduce drowning.

while on the subject…..it’s not of course just Alcohol and Water…..at this time of the year we see Drink/Drive campaigns ( i can’t believe in 2017 that people still get behind the wheel of a car after drinking…but it prove the facts above…alcohol leads to poor decisions) ….also this time of year we see an increase in Domestic violence …often drink fuelled …and in accidental kitchen fires…particularly when people get home late and start cooking something after drinking!

We all love to celebrate, we all want to take part in seasonal cheer…but just ask yourself if that means you have to drink to excess and possibly put your own or others lives at risk….is any party worth that?