A Proud And Historic Moment For Drowning Prevention, The UN and Ireland
The United Nations General Assembly has approved the first ever resolution on Drowning Prevention. The resolution was an initiative of both Ireland and Bangladesh who along with co-sponsoring member states can be proud of this historic UN effort to save lives. An important, memorable day for the drowning prevention community worldwide.
Water Safety Ireland welcomes UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention
In Ireland in each of the last ten years, an average of 115 people lost their lives to drowning. Thankfully that number is falling. In 2020, 76 people drowned. But our target has to be zero. July 25th has been declared World Drowning Prevention Day. A day to remember loved ones lost. Make it your day one by practicing water safety in everything you do. Together, let’s bring our drownings down for good.
WORLD DROWNING PREVENTION DAY
A key element of the resolution is a UN designated world drowning prevention day, to be observed annually on the 25th July.
GO BLUE FOR WORLD DROWNING PREVENTION DAY
We are going blue for World Drowning Prevention Day and encouraging everybody to go blue too. No matter who you are, you can play a role in highlighting drowning prevention worldwide. Consider illuminating your organisations’ building in the colour blue, light up a window in your area or bring the colour blue and #DrowningPrevention to your social media networks with our shareable images.
WIN A LIMITED EDITION WATER SAFETY IRELAND SWIM CAP IN OUR COMPETITION
Be in with a chance of winning one of our limited edition swim caps by going blue on social media.
- Comment with your own photo using blue facepaint.
- Tag @WaterSafetyIreland on Facebook and Instagram, or @IWSie on Twitter.
- Include #DrowningPrevention in your post.
Find our more on our social media channels.
IRELAND GOES BLUE FOR WORLD DROWNING PREVENTION DAY – JULY 25 2021
Help Bring Our Drownings Down
Share Our Messages
Early Learning and Care
Every Early Learning And Care Centre in Ireland has now received our latest water safety resource which is packed with colourful storyboards and tips that Educators are imparting to young children in their care.
Mark WDPD as an Educator by sharing the resource pack between classes – all storyboards are laminated for easy cleaning.
Mark WDPD as a parent or guardian by continuing that conversation at home.
Everything you need is here: www.holdhands.ie.
Primary School Children
Our online learning resource is written and designed for all primary school age groups. It has beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice, and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles to reinforce important lessons.
It offers simple common sense that every parent can easily guide their children through while having fun too.
Mark WDPD by engaging with your children through these resources.
Everything you need is here: www.teachpaws.ie
Become An Ambassador
Our friends and loved ones all deserve to know how they can stay safe from drowning when enjoying our beautiful waterways.
Mark WDPD: Become a Water Safety Ireland Ambassador by sharing any of the following advice using #DrowningPrevention and together, let’s bring drownings down.
Rip currents: what are they and what do I do to escape one?
Share any of the resources here: https://watersafety.ie/rip-currents/
Safe Angling: Share our videos on safe angling at rivers and lakes and detailed guidelines to plan a perfectly safe trip: https://watersafety.ie/angling/
Open Water Swimming
Safe Open Water Swimming:
Open water swimming has both physical and mental health benefits for us all.
Share any of our five safety videos, safety brochure, hypothermia leaflet, real time information about coastal and freshwater water temperatures around Ireland, tides, and water quality.
All available here: https://watersafety.ie/open-water-swimming/
Together, We Can Prevent Drownings
Anyone Can Drown – No One Should
Minister Humphreys welcomes UN World Drowning Prevention Day (25 July)
Webinar To Celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day
To reflect on WDPD 2021 commemorations, explore priority actions post UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention, and generate momentum for national, local action. Speakers from across WHO, UNICEF and drowning prevention experts from all regions.
Jul 28, 2021 12:30 PM Brussels, Auckland 22:30, Sydney 20:30, Bangkok 17:30, New Delhi 16:00, Geneva 12:30, London 11:30, Rio 7:30 New York 6:30, Vancouver 3:30, Honolulu 0:30.
Register in advance for this webinar HERE.