Merseyside kids Get Safe 4 Summer
August 5 2010
Children in Merseyside have been learning how to Get Safe 4 Summer, thanks to the ASA’s life-saving, water safety programme.
A total of 60 children – 15 children each from local schools in the Sefton borough (St Robert Bellarmine, All Saints in Bootle, St Lukes Halsall and Forefield Junior) – learnt how to conduct an open water rescue and deliver basic first aid at the Get Safe 4 Summer event.
Most importantly, they were also taught how to spot dangers and act in an emergency, along with learning about coastal lifeguarding procedures.
One child said: “I learnt a lot, how to stay safe around water like lakes and the sea and the day has been good fun.”
The event took part at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, the North West's newest and most accessible Water Sports and Visitors Centre located at the gateway to the Mersey Estuary and in the heart of Crosby Coastal Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
All the children were aged between 10 and 11-years-old and ranged in swimming ability.
The day combined dry-side theory and practical work and also exciting wet-side activities delivered by lifeguards and water-based instructors.
Another child added: “It was good fun…I liked where we jumped in the water off the boat…and people got shown how to get me out!”
Teachers see the difference
Teachers taking part in the day were also able to see the benefit and admitted ‘you can tell the children have learnt a lot’ and said you could see ‘just how much they have taken in and can remember’.
One teaching assistant added: “One child told me ‘when I get older I’m going to become a lifeguard’…I have even learnt a few things myself.”