It has been a busy year getting to this moment and required significant energy and hard work of many…but on the 29th February 2016 saw the public launch of the above strategy.
The National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) is a collective of many clubs, organisations, charities …that have an interest in water. Some of those involved train lifeguards, some involved in water sports and leisure, some are local authorities, some promote swimming, some perform rescues from water, some aim to reduce accidents…ALL want to ensure that people enjoy the water safely.
A good strategy is based on facts and data, understanding risk and and research….this one is…WAID is a database that draws information from many sources and through the NWSF provides a public annual report of the fatalities in UK waters every year. You maybe shocked to learn that drowning in the UK accounts for more accidental deaths than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on roads…..around 400 people a year….think about that….it equates to one person every 20hours.
there is lots to do….but we now have a platform to work from…if you are interested, please go to http://www.nationalwatersafety.org.uk