There has been a stark increase in the number of tragedies in and around water
amongst young people, and we must work together to prevent more deaths.
number since comparable data became available from the National Water Safety
Forum’s Water Incident Database (WAID) in 2015. In total, there were 22 deaths in
Wales from accidental drowning in 2022 across inland and coastal locations, and we
have already seen a number of drowning fatalities this year.
We at Swim Wales, the
RNLI and Water Safety Wales, would like your support in raising further awareness of
our water safety messages to children and young people on the importance of staying
safe around the coast and inland waterways like rivers, lakes and reservoirs during the
One drowning is too many. Below are four simple live saving tips to children and young people to help them stay safe around open water:
Stop and Think
Call 999 or 112
The StayWiseCymru website is easy to use – just select an age group, subject, or theme, and you will find a
collection of resources to keep students busy. Find it now at