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Managing safety on beaches and coastal waters

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Managing beach safety guidance

Published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, drafted with the help of RoSPA, and beach manager members of the NWSF

Coastal locations such as beaches, estuaries and inshore coastal waters consistently account for around 4 in every 10 accidental fatal drownings within the UK. Across all waters there are around 35,000 emergency call-outs to people in harm’s way.

Although search and rescue plays no small part in limiting the severity of these events, effective management from the landside is essential so that a trip to the coast is remembered for the right reasons.

This pages contains advice and resources for coastal and beach managers as to how best to manage these risks.


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National Water Safety Conference

Every 18 months, we hold the RoSPA National Water Safety Conference to keep water safety professionals up to date with the latest research and developments

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National Drowning Prevention Strategy

Produced by NWSF, which RoSPA hosts, the strategy aims to cut water-related deaths by 50 per cent by 2026

Water safety toolkit

We have worked with the LGA and others to support the production of a toolkit for local authorities

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