Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and ScoutsCymru have teamed up to launch a new Water Safety Awareness Badge. It is aimed to help ScoutsCymru members between the ages of 6 and 14 to gain vital life skills, as they enjoy coastal and inland waters this summer.

 

Neil Horbury Commissioner for programme –  We’re delighted to be launching a new  badge that guarantee fun and adventure while encouraging scouts to develop a greater understanding of water safety. Throughout its 115-year history the scouting movement has continued to evolve – these new badges make sure we are able to keep offering activities that educate and enthuse young people in equal measure.

 

The new Water Safety Awareness Badge teaches children and young people to know and recognise the risks that water presents, this can help them minimise the chances of getting into danger in the water in the first place.  The program also teaches young people how to help themselves if they fall into cold water. 40% of people who drowned in inland or coastal waters last year had no intention of being in the water.  That’s why it’s vital that young people learn a simple, but very important, life skill – to Float to Live.

One of the main lessons as part of the Water Safety Awareness Badge is to Float to Live: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard