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London children learn life-saving skills

15 July 2013

Children from three primary schools in South East London enjoyed a welcome break from the warm weather and learned about the dangers posed by open water thanks to a vital life-saving scheme

The youngsters were taught water safety skills at Charlton Lido as part of Get Safe, the educational and water safety campaign run by the ASA and one of a series of events in 2013.

The day aimed to teach children about the dangers of open water, as well as highlighting that swimming is the only sport that can save your life.

"The children learned so much that they were very keen when they left last year that it would be run again," - GLL Aquatics Manager Suzanne PhilpottThere was an action-packed few hours in the water with a host of fun and educational events enjoyed in the art-deco style open-air pool. On dry land there were also a number of activities including CPR skills, a quiz and lifesaving techniques.

Specifically the campaign teaches children all the important things they need to know when visiting coastal and inland waters, from how they can spot the dangers themselves to how to act in an emergency.

Suzanne Philpott, Aquatics Manager of GLL who ran the launch, admitted she was very keen to support the Get Safe scheme again this year following a successful event 12 months ago.

"We delivered this event last year and the same three schools were really keen to come back," said Philpott.

"They had so much fun last year and the children learned so much that they were very keen when they left last year that it would be run again. The children learned such a lot.

"Some of the parents came down as well and said it’s a fantastic opportunity for their children to learn.

"It’s different to the teaching environment and the kids tend to take more notice so the parents were absolutely thrilled."

Richard Wakeford, teacher at Charlton Manor Primary School, admitted he jumped at the chance to bring his class to the event.

"We were thrilled that GLL invited us back again this year because we think it’s really important our children learn how to be safe and how to help others when swimming," said Wakeford.

"A lot of our kids go swimming and they were keen to get involved. They are always asking if they can go to the beach or show me their swimming skills so it’s nice to have the chance to come down to events like this.

To learn more about the ASA's Get Safe initiative, click here."It’s been a fantastic, well-run event with plenty of activities for those in the pool and outside. I was especially impressed with the resuscitation area."

ASA Chief Executive David Sparkes said: “The ability to recognise dangers and knowledge of water safety is just as important as being able to swim.

"Particularly important during the summer holidays, the ASA’s Get Safe campaign is all about raising awareness that swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers, canals and the sea is very different from the pool. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the water but in a safe and sensible way.”

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