The Head Scratcher
The RNLI ‘Respect the Water’ campaign warned people about the dangers of Britain’s coastline. But because 50% of people who drown each year never intended to get wet in the first place, the message wasn’t working.
The Big Positive Impact
Stop warning people about water and start giving them the skills to save their life. Instinctively, people fight to survive when they’re in trouble in the water. But water survival skills are counter-intuitive. Our campaign teaches people to fight their instinct, not the water; they have to ‘FLOAT TO LIVE’.
Over the past two years, the campaign message has helped to save 21 people from drowning.
"We’ve been contacted by people who say they recalled the Float safety message while in serious trouble in the water, and that following the RNLI’s advice helped save their life."
RNLI Community Safety Partner