Youngsters learn to stay safe in the water

12:00 09 July 2014

Youngsters learn to stay safe in the water during a life-saving session at Seaton Primary School swimming pool.

Youngsters learn to stay safe in the water during a life-saving session at Seaton Primary School swimming pool.

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Axe Valley youngsters get some life-saving tips during Drowning Prevention Week

Youngsters learn to stay safe in the water during a life-saving session at Seaton Primary School swimming pool.Youngsters learn to stay safe in the water during a life-saving session at Seaton Primary School swimming pool.

Axe Valley life-saving instructors and swimming teachers Zoe King and Jade Watts have been helping youngsters to avoid the risk of drowning.

Using activities and resources provided by the Royal Life Saving Society UK they have been providing water safety sessions in local schools and pools.

The assemblies, workshops and lessons incorporated fun and interactive water safety activities for children aged four and upwards – as part of Drowning Prevention Week.

Zoe, from SwimSouthWest, said: “Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and thousands suffer life changing injuries due to near-drowning experiences.

“We are happy to support RLSS UK to reduce these numbers by informing swimmers about how to be safe near water, while offering what we think was a really fun experience for the children.”

Various activities took place during the sessions, including slideshows, quizzes and games to teach children to recognise flags and signs by open water.

For more details about the sessions, contact Zoe King on 07968 374888.

* Drowning Prevention Week saw leisure centres and schools across the country holding activities to help raise awareness of how to be safe in, on or around water. The campaign also encourages people to fundraise on behalf of the charity’s drowning prevention work, which includes support for families affected by drowning or near drowning.

Find out more at www.drowningpreventionweek.org.uk

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