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Let's Get Water Wise

We're bringing you a bunch of information to keep you smart, sharp and totally swim-savvy
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Online resources

We’ve created this great hub of videos, activity sheets, booklets and more to keep you Water Wise.

While we carefully select our recommended resources, Active Nottingham is not responsible for any of the content provided. Please follow all safety instructions carefully.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

As we spend more and more time outdoors, it’s important for young children to understand the risks of playing near water. Here, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution provides a range of fun activities to keep little ones in-the-know.


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The Swimming Teachers' Association

The Swimming Teachers’ Association brings a booklet packed with tons of information for kids, along with word searches, colouring pages and more.


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Swim England

Aimed at children up to the age of 11, Swim England is providing a bank of free home-schooling activity sheets across a range of different areas. From water safety to swimming skills, make sure your children know it all.


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The Royal Life Saving Society

The RLSS have created an entire toolkit for families and parents to brush up on their water-wise knowledge. Plus, for the older ones among us, watch the video below to understand why it’s important to stay sober around water.


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Stop and Think. Float. Call 999 or 112.

Ey up, you’re not a duck, and you need to learn exactly how to stay safe in and around water. These are the key things you need to remember, this Drowning Prevention Week and beyond:

Stop and Think

  • Water is always moving
  • The water is colder than you think
  • Edges of the water can be dangerous
  • There may be dangers under the water
  • Don’t drink near water edges


  • If you fall in, float, breathe and relax. Float until you feel calm
  • Signal for help, raising one hand in the air and shouting for help
  • If you can, swim to safety or hold onto something that floats
  • Keep warm if you can’t swim to safety

Call 999 or 112

  • If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112
  • Never enter the water to save others
  • Look for something you can throw to help them float. A life ring would work well, but you could even use a football
  • Keep watching until help arrives