Do One Thing To Help Prevent Drownings

Mark World Drowning Prevention Day by doing one thing. Learn one water safety skill. Share one piece of water safety advice. Change one mind about safety around water. Be the one who takes responsibility, because for someone at risk of drowning, your one thing could mean the world.

Statement from Uachtarán Na hÉireann, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

President of Ireland and Water Safety Ireland Patron, Michael D. Higgins is lending his support to World Drowning Prevention Day.

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.

Read the resolution here

Visit the WHO campaign page

Water Safety Ireland welcomes UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention

Mark World Drowning Prevention Day by doing one thing. Learn one water safety skill. Share one piece of water safety advice. Change one mind about safety around water. Be the one who takes responsibility, because for someone at risk of drowning, your one thing could mean the world.


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.


Be in with a chance of winning one of our limited edition swim caps by going blue on social media.

  1. Comment with your own photo using blue facepaint.
  2. Tag @WaterSafetyIreland on Facebook and Instagram, or @IWSie on Twitter.
  3. Include #DrowningPrevention in your post.

Find our more on our social media channels.


See our gallery to find out how you can go blue for World Drowning Prevention Day. Send your photos to to be featured.

Lots of people are marking this historic day to raise awareness for drowning prevention and water safety.

Join them in commemorating this special occasion.

Anyone can drown – no one should.

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:

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:

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

Rip currents: what are they and what do I do to escape one?

Share any of the resources here:


Safe Angling: Share our videos on safe angling at rivers and lakes and detailed guidelines to plan a perfectly safe trip:

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:


Together, We Can Prevent Drownings

World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 │ Do One Thing

Do One Thing to help prevent drownings

World Drowning Prevention Day Guidance For Organizations

Webinar To Celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day


The World Health Organization warmly invites your participation in a global, virtual event to celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day. This webinar will connect UN agencies, governments, organizations and other global drowning prevention partners to reflect on key achievements and progress made since endorsement of the first-ever UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to:
– Reflect on key achievements made in global drowning prevention efforts since the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution in April 2021
– Showcase the work of a range of UN agencies to prevent drowning
– Generate momentum for individual, group and government action on drowning prevention, drawing on the 2022 World Drowning Prevention Day theme: Do One Thing
– Review and recap of global World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 activties and events


Jul 27, 2022 New York 06:00/Geneva 12:00/Bangkok 17:00/New Delhi 15:30 /Sydney 20:00.

Register in advance for this webinar HERE.

International Life Saving Federation of Europe

The ILSE is the European branch of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) and is the world’s non-profit association of aquatic Lifesavers and aquatic Lifesaving organizations.

Representing federations more than 5 million Lifesavers and Lifeguards all over Europe, they have lots of helpful resources on their website to help you mark World Drowning Prevention Day.