Drowning and Incident Review


An ongoing systematic review of drowning fatalities in Scotland has huge potential to support drowning prevention. This approach will thoroughly examine the causes of the fatality as well as consider the controls and measures that aim to prevent any future incidents.

In 2020, Water Safety Scotland published Preventing Future Fatalities which considered the current legal landscape in Scotland. As part of the recommendations of this document, Water Safety Scotland agreed, along with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, to lead and trial a voluntary Drowning and Incident Review (DIR).

Drowning and Incident Review

Full guidance for the DIR is available by contacting info@WaterSafetyScotland.org.uk 

****Important note****

The Drowning and Incident Review (DIR) has been developed and piloted by Water Safety Scotland (WSS) and SFRS. It is currently under its final pilot phase which consists of a formal evaluation by RoSPA and a number of research partners. During this research phase, if a drowning incident occurs in Scotland that requires review, please contact WSS for guidance. Once this research phase is complete the full DIR process and supporting information will be made available for any interested party out with WSS and Scotland. In the meantime, we respectfully ask all interested parties to wait for the final evaluation and research results.


Local Water Safety Groups

If an incident has occurred and you are looking for the contact details of the local water safety group, please email: info@WaterSafetyScotland.org.uk