DROWNING Prevention Week will be supported by a swimming pool in Dursley.

The Pulse will be hosting a free water safety event next week as part of the campaign.

Using activities and resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, the Pulse will be running interactive water safety activities for families during Drowning Prevention Week on Saturday.

The national campaign runs from June 16–26, with an aim to cut down the 400 accidental drownings that occur every year in the UK.

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in the UK, with latest statistics showing that 51 children under ten lost their life over the last five years.

The Drowning Prevention Week campaign aims to ensure that everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water.

A Summer Holiday Water Safety Session and Family Swim will be taking place on Saturday, June 24 from 5pm – 7.30pm at the Pulse.

The pool’s trainer assessor Deborah Drennen said: “Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and hundreds more have near-drowning experiences, often resulting in life changing injuries.

“We are happy to support the RLSS UK in reducing these numbers by informing people about how to be safe near water, while offering what we think will be really fun activities for the children.”

For more information contact Deborah Drennen by emailing Deborah.drennen@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 546441