Water & Leisure Safety
The main efforts of RoSPA's Leisure Safety department are focused on reducing the several hundred drowning deaths that occur every year in the UK. We provide balanced advice, campaign for change and drive improvements where appropriate. To do this we work with a wide range of professionals, the UK Government and most importantly members of the public. Explore the information here to see where we can best help you!
Press Release: Cover it, fence it or, even better, fill it - warm weather prompts pond safety advice
Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends of families with children under the age of six are being encouraged to consider fencing off, covering or, even better, filling in their garden ponds to help prevent childhood drowning.
Annual UK drowning figures
The number of people accidentally drowning in the UK has dropped by nearly nine per cent in a year to 371 deaths in 2012, latest figures reveal. More than half of deaths from accidents or natural causes continued to be in inland waters, such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs (203), while drowning at the coast or in a harbour, dock, marina or port accounted for a third (124), according to new data from the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF).