Spearheaded by the City of Belfast Swimming Club, The Ripple Effect supports the UK drowning prevention strategy, which aims to reduce drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026. Swim Generation joins the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and Northern Ireland charity Hope for Youth to support this initiative.
The Ripple Effect will see a roll-out of swimming education outreach and applied survival and life-saving lessons across schools in Belfast initially and subsequently throughout Northern Ireland.
The initiative will target primary school children and Rookie lifeguards to make a difference to those already interested in water safety and those swimming for fun.
Drowning facts for the UK*:
– Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.
One person dies every 20 hours in the UK. Drowning is
Drowning is also the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK