Water and 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 general public. Explore the information here to see where we can best help you!

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23/07/2021

Public urged to respect the water during heatwave to prevent drowning.

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Leisure Safety
+44 (0)121 248 2235
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Annual UK drowning figures

National Water Safety Forum

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).