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Water Safety Wales - About Us

Water Safety Wales was established in 2017 as the All Wales Water Safety Forum by a group of organisations working on water safety and drowning prevention in Wales. In 2018 the group was renamed Water Safety Wales.

The group brings together organisations in Wales with an interest in water safety and downing prevention. It aims to:

Promote a consistent and common approach to water safety
Promote drowning prevention and water safety education and awareness to the communities its members serve
Work in a collaborative multi-agency approach to identify and target harden areas of risk
Develop and implement a drowning prevention strategy for Wales

In December 2020 Water Safety Wales published Wales’ first drowning prevention strategy.

Water Safety Wales has 24 member organisations at the time of writing.

The Steering Group currently comprising Chair Chris Cousens from the RNLI and two Vice Chairs from Royal Lifesaving Society and Maritime and Coastguard Agency, oversees and provides direction to the Water Safety Wales.

The Steering Group also provides oversight and direction to subgroups formed to focus on a specific area or take forward specific projects or objectives. Three current Water Safety Wales subgroups are focused on education, media and communications and suicide and self-harm prevention.

Water Safety Wales is affiliated to the National Water Safety Forum and Water Safety Scotland.


The current Terms of Reference were agreed May 2021 and will be reviewed May 2022. The current Partners can be seen below.

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Adventure Smart Wales
Canal & River Trust
Dwr Cymru – Welsh Water
Dyfed Powys Police
Gwent Police
Keep Wales Tidy
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Mineral Products Association
National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention
National Resources Wales
National Union of Students
National Water Safety Forum
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Royal Life Saving Society UK
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents
Severn Trent Water
South Wales Police
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Swansea Council
Swim Wales
The Surf Lifesaving Association of Wales
Water Safety Scotland