Lower secondary: age 11-14

Explore our comprehensive suite of water safety teaching activities and learning resources, aimed at younger secondary school students.

These activities teach young people the RNLI’s four fundamental lessons about how to be safe and have fun near the water as they collect virtual stamps in their Challenge Passport.

The passport gives a good grounding in the basics, building familiarity with vital waterside and in-water life skills. You’ll also find a range of supporting activities to choose from, depending on what’s most relevant for your class or group.

Through hazard, rescue and accident investigation role-play scenarios (for both inland and coastal environments), as well as presentations, quizzes, debates and IT tasks, they’ll gain confidence in planning, risk assessing, and enjoying trips near the water safely.

  • The Pull of a Rip
    • 15 mins
    Rip currents are hard to understand unless you’ve experienced one. This activity helps you get your head around them.
    The Pull of a Rip
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  • Taking a Risk
    • 30 mins
    When was the last time you took a risk – and what could have gone wrong?
    Taking a Risk
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  • Safety Planning Activity
    • 30 mins
    Plan a trip to a somewhere near the water.
    Safety Planning Activity
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  • Research and Present
    • 30 mins
    Create your own water safety presentation.
    Research and Present
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  • Challenge Passport
    • 30 mins
    Collect virtual stamps in your Challenge Passport as you learn how to be safe and have fun near the water.
    Challenge Passport
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  • Decision making
    Watch the videos to decide what to do when faced with different dilemmas near the water.
    Decision making
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  • True or False
    • 15 mins
    Take the quiz to see how much you know about cold water shock, accidental drowning statistics and beach flags.
    True or False
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  • Respect the Water: Fight or float?
    • 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
    • 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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  • Hazard Scenarios
    • 30 mins
    Work in pairs to decide how to react to different hazardous scenarios.
    Hazard Scenarios
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  • Respect the Water: Test your instinct
    • 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: Test your instinct
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  • Interactive Quiz
    • 15 mins
    Test your knowledge on rip currents, beach flags and cold water shock.
    Interactive Quiz
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