At the start of Drowning Prevention Week, Wave Leisure Trust (Wave) is bringing back its campaign to ensure that the children of East Sussex stay safe in the water this Summer.
The sessions were launched in 2017 in response to the seven men who sadly drowned at Camber Sands near Rye, East Sussex the previous year. In 2016, more than 2,000 people were rescued from the seas around the South East Coast of England.
Wave aims to make sure children know how to stay safe when on the beach, in the sea or having fun in a river or swimming pool. Wave are adding specific sessions to their Summer timetable to get these messages across.
They will teach children how to: 1) understand lifeguard flags, 2) know what the swimming rules are and 3) know how to float and tread water for three minutes or more.
Nina Fletcher, Wave’s Aquatics Development Coordinator said: “It is my job to ensure that as many people as possible learn to swim, providing aquatic life skills for physical activity and fun!
I am delighted that Wave is repeating this activity for a second year, giving the local community an opportunity to learn how to be safe in and around the water especially with the arrival of Summer.”
Wave will be hosting the 1-hour classes at Lewes Leisure Centre on Tuesday 31st July at 10 am and at Seahaven Swim & Fitness Centre in Newhaven on Tuesday 14th August, also at 10 am. The sessions will be informative, fun and interactive and for children aged between 8 to 14 years old. They cost £4.00 per child.
To book a water safety session this summer email firstname.lastname@example.org.