The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has appointed a new Leisure Safety Manager, Carlene McAvoy, who will promote safe, healthy and active lifestyles as part of her work.
Carlene brings a wealth of experience to role having being at the forefront of developing water safety policy in Scotland for many years. Carlene founded Water Safety Scotland and was a key author on Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy – two major milestones for Scotland.
Prior to her most recent appointment, Carlene McAvoy was employed by RoSPA as a Community Safety Development Manager (Scotland) where her brief covered accident prevention in the home and water activities.
Carlene McAvoy, RoSPA’s Leisure Safety Manager said “I am passionate about the drowning prevention agenda, ensuring strategy objectives are put in place and things are moving forward.
I am already working closely with the partners from across the UK through the National Water Safety Forum. As the warm weather approaches and lockdown restrictions ease, keeping people safe at coastal and inland waters is our top priority.
National Water Safety Forum released the Water Incident Database (WAID) figures for 2019
, which revealed that there were 223 deaths in UK waters from accidents or natural causes, a decrease of 40 from the previous year. So I will be seeking to work with other organisations to build on this progress. ”
Last summer, beaches in some parts of the country were as busy as they would be on bank holidays, with lifeguards reporting record numbers of visitors
. In August 2020, the coastguard issued a warning as they received highest number of call-outs
in a single day for more than four years.