World Drowning Prevention Day
In April 2021, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly affirmed drowning as a preventable global public health issue and declared 25 July as World Drowning Prevention Day.
Water Safety Scotland backs this call and World Drowning Prevention Day and urges its members to support the day via social media.
This year, the theme is “do one thing to prevent drowning”.
As Water Safety Scotland, we are working in partnership with organisations and agencies across Scotland to implement Scotland’s Drowning Prevention Strategy and the Ministers Water Safety Action Plan. Some of our key focuses are on the introduction of the Drowning and Incident Review (DIR) process, education and the water safety code.
We also have a short document outlining the current work of WSS and water safety in Scotland and how this reinforces the recommendations of the UN resolution. This can be found here.
Across Scotland, we have asked many buildings to “Go blue” for the occasion. Additionally, we are hosting a huge water safety open day at the Helix to help promote World Drowning Prevention Day and Water Safety Scotland. You can read more about the day here.
We urge members to use social media and share videos and pictures of support and using the following hashtags:
Suggested tweets and some social media assets can be found below:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also released guidelines for social media use on the day. These can be found online here: https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/documents/drowning/wdpd_toolkit_aw_web.pdf?sfvrsn=34ed54f4_5
For more info from the WHO, please visit: World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 (who.int)
Please also visit the Building Safer Communities Unintentional Harm and Injury Hub for exemplars in water safety practice: Building Safer Communities (harmandinjuryhub.scot)