Upper secondary: age 14-18

Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at older secondary school and college learners.

These activities have been put together to build on young people’s existing water safety knowledge.

They create opportunity for discussion through tasks such as:

  • planning a water safety campaign
  • planning and assessing risk before a river, lake or beach trip
  • quizzes and debates about identity and influence. 
The Rewind workshop builds familiarity with vital water safety messages – with additional activities to choose from – depending on what’s most relevant for your class or group.
  • Planning a Trip
    RNLI Planning A Trip activity slides
    • 60 mins
    Plan a trip to a waterside location, including watersports and other activities.
    Planning a Trip
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  • Save Lives at Sea: Campaign! Make an Impact
    The historic Whitby lifeboat
    • Group or classroom
    Teach your pupils about Sir William Hillary’s campaign for a national lifeboat rescue service around the coast of Britain with this free education resource. Suitable for KS4 pupils.
    Save Lives at Sea: Campaign! Make an Impact
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  • Risky Business
    RNLI Risky Business activity slides
    • 30 mins
    Debate the pros and cons of risk taking and how it influences identity and friendship groups.
    Risky Business
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  • Water Safety Campaign
    RNLI Water Safety Campaign activity slides
    • 30 mins
    Create your own water safety campaign.
    Water Safety Campaign
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  • Tales from the Edge: Rewind
    RNLI Rewind workshop slides
    • 30-45 mins
    Get to know the fundamentals of water safety with this workshop.
    Tales from the Edge: Rewind
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  • Respect the Water: Fight or float?
    Could you survive in cold water video still
    • 5 mins
    This simple, short exercise gives the students an idea of the lifesaving differences between fighting against cold water and floating to live.
    Respect the Water: Fight or float?
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  • Respect the Water: Your perfect getaway
    Could you survive in cold water video still
    • 20 mins
    This simple, short exercise gives the students an idea of the lifesaving differences between fighting against cold water and floating to live.
    Respect the Water: Your perfect getaway
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  • Group Quiz
    RNLI Group Quiz activity slides
    • 20 mins
    Test your water safety knowledge.
    Group Quiz
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  • Respect the Water: Test your instinct
    Could you survive in cold water video still
    • 10 mins
    This simple, short exercise gives the students an idea of the lifesaving differences between fighting against cold water and floating to live.
    Respect the Water: Test your instinct
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  • Personality Test
    RNLI Personality Test activity slides
    • 10 mins
    Take this fun personality quiz and start a conversation about peer pressure.
    Personality Test
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