Children in Cornwall Get Safe 4 Summer
9 July 2012
Children from primary schools in Camborne, Pool and Redruth have been learning how to Get Safe 4 Summer, thanks to the ASA’s life-saving water safety programme.
One of a series of events this summer supported by the Swimathon Foundation, the children learned about the dangers of open water through a host of fun and educational activities including lessons in rescue techniques and demonstrations from the life guard team at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Pool.
The activities organised as part of the Get Safe 4 Summer campaign proved to be the perfect way to educate the children on water safety
Most importantly, they were also taught how to spot dangers and act in an emergency from local beach lifeguards, along with learning about coastal lifeguarding from the coast guard team.
There was even a visit from the local Sea King helicopter from HMS Seahawk, which landed on the centre's athletics track, giving the children a chance to have a tour and sit in the cock pit.
Centre Manager at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Barry Holding, said:
"As a charity trading for our local community, it's very important to us to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of water and know how to remain safe. The activities organised as part of the Get Safe 4 Summer campaign proved to be the perfect way to educate the children on water safety, whilst really letting them enjoy themselves. The children, teachers and staff all had a great day!"
The events educate children that being able to swim and swim well is important and that swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers, canals and the sea is very different from the pool. Working with the Swimathon Foundation and The Swimming Trust, who share our objectives of promoting safe, active and healthy lifestyles through swimming, the ASA can get the message out through Get Safe 4 Summer and give children the water safety skills they need when on or near these waters.