RoSPA Leisure Safety

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!

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RoSPA Play Safety provides training on playground management and the safety of indoor and outdoor play areas. We provide playground inspections for public and commercial play areas and a wide range of additional play-related services and our advice and information covers all aspects of playground safety.

What do we do?

  • Playground Inspections
    Including annual, soft-play and post-installation inspections of playgrounds. Inspections of sports pitches, playing fields, open spaces and parks.
  • Our Services
    Play area and playing field risk assessments. Impact absorbency testing and expert witness reports and advice on indoor soft play, goal post safety and the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Training Courses
    A wide range of training courses including: Playground Inspection and Maintenance - One-Day and Two-Day courses, Indoor Play Area Management and Maintenance Training, Wheeled Sports Inspection and Maintenance, EN1176 Update and RPII Renewal.

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RoSPA's Leisure Safety Consultants not only cover leisure pursuits on land, in or near water, but also accident prevention around canals, rivers, the sea, lakes and an increasing number of public and private sites. Of the 435 drownings each year, many are preventable accidents. Our inland water and pool operator training are examples of how we are working to reduce this tragic toll.

Our services for professionals include...

  • Consultancy
    RoSPA has years of experience and knowledge of leisure safety and are on-hand to advise you about your responsibilities, how they link with the responsibilities of the facility users and how you can tackle the confusion of liability and safety within the leisure industry.
  • Training Courses
    A selection of courses including Managing Leisure and Recreation Safety, Safety at Beaches and Coastal Locations, Safety at Inland Water Sites and Tour Operator Pool Inspections.
  • Publications, Research and Discussion Papers
    The Leisure Safety department produces numerous publications and also contributes to specialist journals and responds to Government consultations on all aspects of water and leisure safety.

Leisure Safety Features


What should be included within a new injury surveillance system? [Home Safety]
We would welcome your views on what should potentially be included in a new injury surveillance system. Please tell us what information you would find most useful and how you might use it.


Don't jump into the unknown
More information on Summer 2009's campaign to help better inform those thinking about tombstoning at the coast in summer.

15/08/2014 : Press release: Drowning prevention on agenda at water safety group’s first meeting

Helping to prevent drownings across Scotland will be the focus during the first meeting of a water safety group set up to prevent tragedies in the country.

17/07/2014 : Press release: Be water wise this summer with RoSPA’s life-saving drowning prevention tips

With the summer holidays approaching and scorching temperatures set to continue, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging people, particularly young men, to be extra vigilant in and around water. 

04/07/2014 : Press release: New UK figures reveal 381 drowning and other water-related deaths in 2013

There were a total of 381 drownings and water-related deaths from accidents or natural causes across the UK in 2013, according to a report published today by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF).

20/06/2014 : Press release: Top marks for Tudor Grange Leisure Centre as RoSPA launches new safety review

A flagship leisure centre in Solihull has become the first in the country to undergo a new safety review launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), gaining a top grade in the scheme.

16/04/2014 : Press release: Be water wise this Easter break with RoSPA’s life-saving safety tips

With the Easter holidays fast approaching, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging families, particularly with teenagers and young children, to be extra vigilant in and around water.

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