Last week on April 7, 2022 RoSPA Scotland, in collaboration with Water Safety Scotland (WSS), hosted an online water safety conference. The event, which focused on current drowning prevention developments in Scotland, was the first conference to be held by Water Safety Scotland since 2017.
Originally planned for 2020, thanks to funding from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), Scottish Water and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the conference was unfortunately postponed due to COVID-19. Fortunately, the proceedings went ahead in an online format, providing a great opportunity for members and practitioners to learn about WSS and all the progress made by members since the implementation of Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy
Conference participants were provided exclusive access to pre-recorded presentations a week before the conference and then were able to ask a panel of WSS representatives questions on four specific topics which WSS has been driving forward over the past few years:
- The Drowning and Incident Review (DIR)
- Water Safety Education
- A Partnership Approach to Water Safety (PAWS)
- Suicide prevention
Chaired by Brian Lironi from Scottish Water, the live session was filled with great enthusiasm and a diverse array of interesting questions. Ash Regan, the Minister for Community Safety, also provided a message of support for the day, reminding both speakers and attendees alike of the importance of collaboration.
Going forward, Water Safety Scotland, will be hosting an open day
at Falkirk’s Helix Visitor Centre in support of World Drowning Prevention Day on 25 July. Again thanks to funding from RoSPA, SFRS, Scottish Water and RNLI, the day will be free, open to all and will feature an impressive programme, featuring an array of noted speakers, and information stands.
WSS partners will continue to work in accordance with Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy and Water Safety Stakeholder Group action plan, led by Ash Regan, the Minister for Community Safety in order to ensure a reduction in water-related fatalities. Together we can make a difference and ensure a safe and positive experience when in or around Scotland’s waterways.
Carlene McAvoy, Leisure Safety Manager
Posted: 4/11/2022 8:24:51 AM