Education resources

Teach young people how to be safe near and in the water – and what to do if anything ever goes wrong. Free downloadable learning resources for water safety workshops and more.

Children using RNLI education resources in the classroom

Photo: RNLI/Harrison Bates

We’ve put together a suite of teaching ideas and materials to help you engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and youth groups.

You’ll find videos, guided discussions, problem solving activities – and more – specifically tailored for primary and secondary school aged children.

Younger children will collect virtual stamps as they learn; for older children it’s stamps in a virtual passport and learning through planning their own water safety campaigns. You can also check out a range of resources on maritime heritage.

This summer, we have partnered with Plazoom, an online community helping to support teachers with high quality water safety resources.

Lower primary: age 3-7
Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at younger primary school pupils.
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Upper primary: age 7-11
Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at older primary aged children.
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Lower secondary: age 11-14
Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at younger secondary school students.
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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.
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Activity sheets and posters
Discover the world of the RNLI and explore how to stay safe near the water with our free posters, activity sheets and line drawings to colour in.
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Videos
Bring the world of lifeboats and rescue into your classroom with our range of educational films.  
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Interactive learning
With our fun games and activities, your young people can explore the RNLI and water safety.
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Watch our Water Safety Wednesdays
If you’re looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play our Water Safety videos – perfect for primary school-aged children.
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