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
How to access free swimming lessons at Margate this year
Spot the dangers at the coast
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.
Today, we are hugely excited to announce that the public Swim Safe dates have been released for Margate. Incase you haven’t come across Swim Safe before, these are jointly run swimming lessons by the RNLI and Swim England during the school Summer holidays for children aged 7-14 years at no cost whatsoever. We are very fortunate that this is the second year that Swim Safe has been delivered in Thanet and we are very appreciative of the financial help and support provided by two local Kent County Councillors, the Margate Mayor and the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons charity, The only condition for a child’s participation is that the child(ren) are able to swim 25 metres unaided in a pool before hand.
Be sure to book up soon as if last year is anything to go by, places go quickly!
Some of your may come across Swim Safe before either via social media, the RNLI website perhaps or heard about it by the good old fashioned word of mouth? If not, then it is a really exciting free of charge swimming and water safety lessons delivered at mainly beaches and across the UK and Republic of Ireland by Swim England and the RNLI in partnership. We are so lucky to be holding a Swim Safe programme of lessons on Margate Main Sands this Summer!
The Swim Safe Team have delivered two of the sessions so far, both on a Friday and they have been massively popular with local families and also those from some distance away. To be eligible children must be aged between 7-14 years and be able to swim 25 metres. I have received quite a few enquiries that the on-line booking system shows no slots available for any of the sessions. My advice is if you really want your child to attend, then attend one of the sessions by walking up and asking the staff whether their are any vacancies remaining for the day and whether they can join the session. Definitely worth ago!
So, if you are in the Margate area and want your child to learn some essential water safety techniques, then check out Swim Safe. All the feedback that we have so far received has been an overwhelming thumbs up from both children and parents. Before I go, to enable you to enjoy your time at the coast this Summer even more please search for ‘RNLI Float Not Swim’ and learn this essential technique that actually saved 7 peoples lives last year. Figures are from the RNLI.
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