Rescue Role Play

Use role play to explore what happens in a water rescue.

  • 30 minutes
  • Optional: display equipment
  • Optional: printer
  • Stay together

This activity uses role play to demonstrate the correct response practice to an emergency situation. Two scenarios have been provided: one for a beach location and the other an inland waterway.

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With the group split into pairs or groups of three, each child assumes one role in the rescue situation.

After a 5-minute rehearsal, the children will act out the scenarios in front of another group or the whole class.

Curriculum links: 

  • England KS2 PSHE Health & Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World
  • Northern Ireland KS1&2, PD&MU, Personal Understanding and Health
  • Republic of Ireland SPHE, Myself
  • Scotland First & Second Level, PSE / HWB
  • Wales KS2, PSE, Health and emotional well-being 
Play this video to help share our key water safety messages and bring the work of the RNLI to life for your young people.

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