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Aqua Park Cardiff partners with lifesaving charity for drowning prevention and local schools initiative

IN A SIGNIFICANT step towards fostering water safety awareness, Aqua Park Cardiff proudly announces its partnership with leading lifesaving charity, The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), during Drowning Prevention Week.

The collaboration aims to contribute to drowning prevention efforts by hosting special two-hour Aqua Park Sessions on the 22 and 23 June, with 50% of the proceeds dedicated to supporting local schools through water safety community outreach initiatives. *

Drowning Prevention Week, running from 15-22 June 2024, is RLSS UK’s annual campaign that advocates water safety and drowning prevention, and provides the perfect bridge for Aqua Park Group’s commitment to community wellbeing. By teaming up with a distinguished lifesaving charity, the water park endeavours to make a meaningful impact on water safety education, particularly among school-age children.

Connor James, Founder of Aqua Park, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with RLSS UK for Drowning Prevention Week again.

“This year, we’ve added more tickets over the weekend and are hoping to top last year’s fundraising total of £442. We’re eager to raise funds to support RLSS UK to provide important water safety courses for school age children within the local community. 

“Naturally, the climb in temperature during summer causes excitement and many will inevitably be cooling off in lakes, rivers and canals. But the risks associated with swimming in unsupervised open water locations, including quarries and canals, include unknown depths, potential objects beneath the surface, strong currents and water temperature can quickly drop, increasing the risk of cold-water shock.

“We’d always advise people to wear the appropriate safety equipment, including buoyancy aids and wetsuits, and attend venues with organised activities with trained lifeguards, to help keep themselves safe in open water.”

Lee Heard, Charity Director at RLSS UK, added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Aqua Park Rutland Water for our 2024 Drowning Prevention Week initiative.

“Aqua parks are a fantastic way for people to come together and enjoy open water swimming, and we want to make sure everyone has fun and enjoys the benefits that being near water bring, while remaining safe.

“As part of our focus to encourage class-based water safety lessons for children on a wider scale, one of our volunteers will be delivering water safety sessions in local schools, while raising awareness of our Water Smart Schools programme.

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“With over 200 schools already signed up, we’re keen to spread the word. Any donations are greatly appreciated and allow us to continue the important work we do – thank you in advance!”

*Tickets for the 2hr Charity Double Dip cost £32 and 50% of all proceeds will be donated to RLSS UK.

All visitors to Aqua Park Cardiff will be provided with buoyancy aids, but must be aged six and over, 1.2m tall and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part.

It is recommended that a wetsuit is worn, although they can be hired for £5 when reserved in advance during the booking process.