Water Safety

Every Child A Successful Swimmer

More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland EVERY YEAR and many more have non-fatal experiences, sometimes suffering life-changing injuries so teaching children about water safety forms a very important part of Sheffield School Swimming Service curriculum. Much of the information can be delivered by schools in a classroom. This will save lots of time on the pool side and mean our swimming teachers can get children straight in the pool giving them more time to learn the physical elements of swimming.

Due to this part of the curriculum being really important we have prepared various resources and gathered links from the the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to help you deliver this to your pupils. We want to give you everything you need so please get in touch if you need anything else or need help with delivery / resources.

This part of the swimming curriculum will enable pupils to enjoy water safely, to keep their families and friends safe and to know what to do in an emergency.

Water Safety Scheme of Work

A Water Safety Scheme of Work with 20 stand-alone water safety lessons, all of which can be taught in the classroom by school teachers and linked to other curriculum areas such as Literacy, Science or PSHE has been developed and tested by Jo Searle at Phillimore Primary School. The scheme of work can be found on the Learn Sheffield website.

Sheffield School Swimming Service are encouraging schools to use this information to improve pupil’s understanding and knowledge of water safety. There are many useful and interesting resources available through the RNLI, Red Cross, Royal Life Saving Society and Swim England websites which are included in the lesson plans.

A short Water Safety video has been produced by Swim England where Oscar the otter shows pupils the fun of water while teaching them the water safety code for staying safe in, on, or around water. Please share this video with pupils to make sure they understand the importance of water safety!


Water Safety Videos

You can view our self safe rescue videos and our video on open water swimming, rivers, Icey waters, the Water Safety Code on our YouTube channel and show them to your pupils.