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.
Young people learning about water safety from an RNLI education volunteer

RNLI/Nigel Millard

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 badges as they learn; for older children it’s stamps in a virtual passport and learning through planning their own water safety campaigns.

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Young children in a classroom learning about water safety from an RNLI lifeguard
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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Two girls look at an RNLI water safety poster
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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Young people learning about water safety from an RNLI education volunteer
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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Students from Hopwood Hall College visit Blackpool RNLI
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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RNLI Spot the dangers at sea poster
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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Watch our videos
Wexford D class inshore lifeboat Alfred William Newman D-782 speeding through the water
Videos
Bring the world of lifeboats and rescue into your classroom with our range of educational films.  
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Our interactive learning
Heavy weather handling
Interactive learning
With our fun games and activities, your young people can explore the RNLI and water safety.
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