Water safety for kids

The waterways are wonderful places to take children – they can hunt for bugs, see how historic locks work, spot wildlife and enjoy boat rides. But it’s very important they learn about staying safe next to the water as part of their visit.

Seend Primary School at Seend Locks Seend Primary School at Seend Locks

The Trust is a member of the National Water Safety Forum, a voluntary association of organisations all committed to educating people across Britain about water safety. One of the aims of the Forum is that: "every child should have the opportunity to learn to swim and receive water safety education at primary school and where required at Key Stage 3".

We take this responsibility very seriously and our Explorers team of staff and volunteers are on a mission to reach children all across England and Wales with really important water safety lessons.

Explorers' 'Be SAFE' lessons

In 2015, Explorers started offering water safety assemblies to primary schools across the country between January and March. The 20 minute volunteer-led assemblies teach children to:

  • stay away from the edge of water
  • how to spot hazards
  • how to react in an emergency

The message: Be SAFE near water and Stay Away From the Edge

So far in the three years the assemblies have been running, the Explorers have reached 101,000 children, with more assemblies being lined up for 2019 already. 

Visit our Explorers website for more information about the assemblies and to book a session.

Visits to the canal

The rest of the year, the Explorers arrange special visits to the local canal with school groups, teaching children about the history of the canals, how locks work, nature along the waterways and all about water safety.

Help us to teach children to take care near water by using the word SAFE – Stay Away From the Edge.

Last date edited: 25 June 2018