Water safety webinar held for parents and carers to keep people safe this summer

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An online event to show people how to enjoy the water safely this summer and reduce the risk of drowning is being delivered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The webinar, being held on Wednesday, May 4 in partnership with Glasgow City Parents Group, will give insights into the potential risks and dangers of entering open water. 

The effects of cold-water shock will be discussed, and participants will also receive information on what to do in an emergency. 

Leading the webinar will be Watch Commander Barry MacMillan, who has worked for SFRS for more than 20 years and has had first-hand experience of attending many water rescues. 

He said: “Even in summer, the water can still be extremely cold, and people can get into difficulty due to cold water shock. 

“This can interrupt breathing, cause loss of strength and coordination and affect swimmers of any age, fitness, or experience level. 

“If you do get into trouble, try to keep calm then control your breathing. Lie on your back, spread out your arms and legs, and float to live. 

“As part of the webinar, we’ll be taking people through this advice and sharing new educational resources.” 

The webinar was created in response to a request from the Glasgow City Parents Group which is keen to equip parents with the knowledge to keep children and young people safe While the group is based in Glasgow, this event is open to all Scottish parents and carers.  

The event coincides with the launch of new educational resources from Water Safety Scotland, of which SFRS is a member. The materials can be found on Education Scotland’s website 

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry is Head of Prevention and Protection at SFRS. 

He said: "We are committed to working with our partners. This initiative with Glasgow City Parents Group provides the ideal channel to speak directly to parents about water safety and the dangers around water. 

“We want families to enjoy the water, but more importantly we want families to enjoy it safely. 

"The addition of the new educational resources comes as a direct result of our collaborative partnership work and our commitment to Water Safety Scotland. We hope that this information will reach as many young people as possible while supporting our partners in the rollout of the resources.” 

If you would like to join the online event, you can register on Eventbrite at 

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