Two of the fantastic St George’s students seen here with one of our team – photo credit St George’s School
When our team were invited to deliver anumber of drowning prevention and Respect the Water presentations to school assemblies as part of ‘Community Week’ we really welcomed the opportunity. Especially as it was at the fantastic St George’s Church of England School in Broadstairs which is a really innovative local secondary school. The Community Week is a really exciting week of activity which includes litter picking, hosting an afternoon tea for members of the elderly, bag packing at a nearby supermarket and helping to tidy gardens at Maurice House (a nearby Royal British Legion residential care home).
As the school Summer holidays are only round the corner the numbers of young people visiting the beach and coast increase dramatically, unfortunately so does the number of people taking risks or getting into trouble.
The assemblies provided a fantastic forum to chat to the students who were all very engaging and enthusiastic to learn how to keep safe at the seaside. We were particularly impressed by the year 4 students who scored 100% in the water safety quiz!
The beach flags
Some of the topics that we covered during the assemblies included:
- Liam Halls’ very tragic story
- How to float on your back if you unexpectedly fall into the water
- What is cold water shock
- The Water Safety Code
- To call the Coastguard via ‘999’ for all coastal emergencies
- The dangers of tombstoning – to year 7 & 8
- Don’t enter the water if you see someone else or an animal in difficulty
- Beach flags
- How to access free swimming lessons at Margate this year
- Spot the dangers at the coast
- Lifeguarded beaches
- Tide cut-off’s
We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the school and delivering the presentations to the students who we wish well for the remainder of their Community Week. Thank you for inviting us to your fantastic school.
More useful links:
Educational resources – RNLI
Swim Safe – free children’s swmming lessons
Picture credits: St George’s School