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Our free Children's Water Safety Advice links will provide you with educational printables, worksheets, water safety posters and some great lesson plans. There are quizzes and coloring sheets too but most of all there's a wide variety of safety advice for all ages from pre-school to teenagers. Make sure they take the time to properly learn and understand a Water Safety Code e.g. UK's ROSPA suggests that kids "Spot The Dangers .... Take Safety Advice .... Don't Go Alone .... Learn How To Help."
Not surprisingly, in the UK the majority of water related fatalities occur during hot summer months and school holidays when older children and teenagers are more likely to take risks around water and when younger children may be left unsupervised in a garden with a swimming pool or pond. It's important that children are educated about the hazards and risks associated with bodies of water whether it's a small shallow garden pond, a stream, a river or large deep reservoir. Whether they're tots or teens .... make sure they memorise a Water Safety Code.
Follow the RNLI's link to their kids' SHORETHING section for some great Beach and Sea Safety advice for children and adults. The link for 'Teachers and Youth Workers' will get you to free colouring pages, printable quizzes, lesson plans and loads more great free water safety printables. They've printable water safety posters too including a Water Safety Code poster. (For UK schools the resources are helpfully categorised as KS1, KS2 or KS3).
At the Canal and River Trust website there's great educational resources for KS1 and KS2 kids. Relating particularly to water safety around canals, rivers, ponds and lakes this site encourages kids to stay SAFE i.e. Stay Away From the Edge. There are on-line games (including Spot The Hazard), booklets and some great coloring sheets for kids to create their own water safety posters.
Australia's Swim and Survive website is full of free printables and fun stuff for kids to teach them about water hazards; their water safety code is called the AQUACODE with three important rules to remember. Kids will love the cartoon style water safety posters which can be printed out and coloured in or used as worksheets, and there's a variety of designs suitable for pre-schoolers upwards. There's a link to the National Water Safety Quiz too.
The Water Safety for Children pages at ROSPA not only have printable Adobe PDF format fact and advice sheets but also details of the Water Safety Code, guides to water safety signs and beach flags, emergency procedures, statistics, a WaterWise Quiz and much much more. There's also some valuable advice about taking part in watersports and activities when holidaying abroad.

Learn about first aid for drowning victims courtesy of YouTube. There are countless videos to choose from that clearly explain what drowning is, the aims of first aid and the appropriate emergency action that should be taken during and after a waterside emergency. There's visual instruction on how to rescue somebody that's in danger of drowning too.

Help teenagers and older children Understand Hazard & Risk with a free water safety information pack funded by ROSPA and the Environment Agency which goes by the name of RUA Dummy 2? Aimed at schools, youth clubs, volunteers, etc., there are notes, handouts, video clips on a CD and teachers' resources to explain water safety to teenagers and older children. Perfect for KS3 and KS4 at secondary schools.

Danger Rangers

The Danger Rangers want kids to be safe when they're near water. They have important advice for youngsters like 'only swim in designated swimming areas' and 'walk carefully around swimming pools', plus several activities including a jigsaw puzzle, colouring page and an on-line water safety video.

American Red Cross
Advice on the American Red Cross Water Safety pages comes in a straightforward manner which immediately gets to the root of staying safe in swimming pools, the sea, creeks, lakes, etc. There's a strong emphasis on preventing unsupervised access or ensuring constant supervision, and there's a number of freebies to help with lesson plans. Look out for free printables too, like water safety posters with emergency procedures and infographics. There's a quiz too.
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