All-Party Parliamentary Group on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention was formed in 2014, to 'raise awareness of the issue of death by drowning in the UK and to provide a forum for discussion on water safety related issues'.[1]


The Royal Life Saving Society UK was integral to establishing the group, providing the secretariat and informing MPs. In 2014, 381 people died from drowning and many more from related injuries. The group will aim to teach people personal survival, basic water rescue skills and safety education.

The group's chairperson, Nadhim Zahawi said of the group's inaugural meeting:

'It’s great to see so many Parliamentarians engaging with this subject. The basic safety and rescue skills taught by the RLSS UK can make the difference between life and death so it’s vital that we keep drowning prevention high up on Westminster’s agenda.'[2]

The chief executive of the Royal Life Saving Society, Di Steer commented:

'This is an important step forward for RLSS UK in getting MPs’ support in helping to stop the unnecessary loss of life to drowning. One person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and together with the All Parliamentary Group we will continue our working in reducing the number of people who drown each year. We would like to thanks each and every MP who is part of the group and aware of the lifesaving importance of water safety education.'[2]


Officers, February - April 2016

Members, March 2015


Lobbying firm Brevia Consulting is financed by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to act as secretariat, managing the group's activities and administration.

Registered benefits

By June 2015, the Royal Life Saving Society UK had paid (in bands of £1.500) £16,501-£18,000 to Brevia in benefits. [1]


The Public Enquiry Point is Will Smith of Brevia Consulting.

Contact Address: 5 Salamanca Place, London SE1 7HP

Tel: 0207 091 1650



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 'Water and Safety and Drowning Prevention Register',, accessed 10 February 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Press Releases, 'Drowning prevention charity working with mps to keep people and water safe', RLSS, accessed 11 November 2015
  3. Water Safety and Drowning Prevention APPG, Register 28 April 2016,, accessed 11 May 2016
  4. 'APP Register 30 March 2015',, accessed 11 November 2015