Ecas-DP (UK)

With support from Swim Generation, The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and RLSS UK, EPIC Partners began working with Blue Bell Hill Primary school in 2016 on a new, innovative project called ECAS-DP.

The purpose of the project is to enable children of primary school age to be safe in and around water, increasing their awareness of water safety, swim survival and safe rescue skills, with the overall aim of reducing accidental drowning incidences amongst children in/from the St Ann’s and Sneinton area of Nottingham. The project provides:

A 2 week intensive swimming block to work on water safety, swim survival and safe rescue skills and to enable children to swim more confidently

School resources to complement the practical swim sessions and increase water safety awareness and knowledge

Water safety presentations to whole schools via assemblies

Teaching water safety through classroom based lessons/learning

SABL (Save A Baby’s Life) workshops for parents

Free family swim sessions staffed by Epic swim teachers

Weekly ‘Rookie Lifeguard’ sessions for children

Lifeguard and teaching qualifications for staff and young volunteers

Evaluation and impact measurement

Drowning facts for the UK*:

One person dies every 20 hours in the UK.

Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.

Drowning is also one of the highest causes of accidental death of children in the UK

Project achievements:

Safety: 60 more children safe

Livelihoods: 2 more swimming teachers, 5 NRASTC qualified teachers, 7 Rookie Lifeguard instructors, 10 children training to be Rookie Lifeguards

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*Source: RLSS UK