Pupils at schools in East Renfrewshire will be given water safety lessons as part of efforts to reduce the risk of drowning.

The new Water Safety Action Plan drawn up by the Scottish Government and other organisations will also lead to improved signage at locations such as reservoirs.

Lesson plans on water safety have been developed for school pupils and there will be continued development of the national Learn to Swim framework delivered in partnership with council chiefs.

Community Safety Minister Ash Regan said: “The actions in the plan are targeted at creating a safer environment but whether it’s sailing, diving, swimming or fishing, anyone undertaking recreational activities in and around water must be fully aware of the risks and take every possible precaution.”

The plan also includes training for businesses and the public on how to use rescue equipment.