SLSGB awarded Sport England funding

SLSGB have received a grant of £39,000 from Sport England to put towards their Life Saving Sport Education Development Project.
The award will be used to encourage more people of all ages to participate more often in SLSGB’s multiple surf life saving sport activities, improving sporting competence, increasing satisfaction with sporting experience and maintaining a long term interest in life saving sport.
The funding SLSGB has received will help enhance SLSGB lifesaver pathways as well as create a clear path of progression for members to achieve. Read more on the SLGB website…

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Major corporations pledge

Three major organisations are today (19th June 2012) announcing pledges of support for the new Canal & River Trust, which will become the guardian of the nation’s 2,000-miles of wildlife-rich canals and river banks next month.

£1m of funding is being pledged to the Trust thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Google is encouraging people to discover and enjoy the wildlife along their local waterway by literally putting towpaths on the map – Google Maps. And a partnership with The Co-operative Bank will offer the 10.5 million people who already enjoy or live on the waterways the option of supporting the conservation work of new Trust through everyday banking products. Read more on the British Waterways website…

Deafness should not stop children learning how to swim

A new resource is available for swimming teachers, coaches and parents to help teach deaf children to swim. ‘Deaf friendly swimming’ has been launched by The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) in partnership with the ASA. The guide shows swimming coaches, teachers and parents how, through making simple steps, deaf children can be taught to swim. Swimming centres and clubs will receive training, support and resources to help include deaf children in swimming sessions. Download the guide here.
Carole Barough, ASA National Development Manager, Disability Swimming, said: “The ASA is working with pools and clubs to ensure that all children and adults have the opportunity to learn to swim, regardless of their ability. We are also keen to help everyone to continue to swim on a regular basis and maximise their own potential. We welcome the provision of this resource, which is an excellent tool for teachers, coaches and parents to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing young people are fully supported in accessing swimming sessions”.
The resource aims to address excessive concerns about health and safety and a lack of understanding about deafness. The National Deaf Children’s Society have conducted research which reveals that two out of five deaf children have had difficulties accessing swimming pools or classes because of attitudes towards their hearing loss, meaning that they lack confidence in the water and are falling behind other children their age.
Hayley Jarvis, Inclusive Activities Manager at NDCS, said: “Too many deaf children are currently being denied the opportunity to learn swimming – a skill that could be vital in an emergency, as clubs and centres don’t understand how to meet their needs. However, we know these barriers can easily be overcome. Deafness should not stop children learning how to swim. By taking simple steps like using hand gestures or visual aids, teachers and coaches can include a deaf child in swimming activities. We are looking forward to working with swimming centres and clubs across the UK to help deaf children enjoy the water safely”. Read more on the swimming.org website…

Two girls rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour

Two girls were rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth this afternoon after they went to rescue their dog and became stuck themselves. At just before 3pm Hampshire Fire and Rescue called Solent Coastguard to say they had been called to rescue two girls from the mud in Langstone Harbour, just off the Eastern Road, Portsmouth. Two girls had been playing with their dog when they thought it had become stuck in the mud. They went to rescue it and became stuck up to their waists. The dog managed to free itself and made it back to solid ground. Solent Coastguard sent Portsmouth, Hillhead and Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue teams who are all trained in mud rescue. South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Police were also sent to the scene to assist. Using specialist mud equipment the girls were freed at just before 4.15pm.
Katharine Piggin Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“If your dog becomes stuck in mud please don’t try to free it yourself as you can become stuck yourself. If you do become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”.   Read more on the MCA website…

Pensioner rescued from the Mud at Crosby

A pensioner was rescued from the mud at Crosby Beach, Sefton this afternoon after she had been stuck for over an hour. She was found, stuck up to her waist, at 4pm today by RNLI beach lifeguards on a routine patrol of Crosby Beach, Sefton. The 70 year-old local woman had been trying to raise the alarm for over an hour by shouting at dog walkers and beach users (there were around 50 in the area) but they hadnt heard her.
The Lifeguards contact MRCC Liverpool to explain the situation. The Coastguard Rescue team from Crosby, who specialise in mud rescues, were sent to the scene and the woman was quickly pulled from the mud by the Coastguards with assistance from the lifeguards. Its believed that the recent heavy rain has created an area of mud approximately the size of four car park spaces in an area that is normally soft sand around 200m north of Seaforth docks. The woman was taken by the Crosby Coastguard Rescue team to Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre where she recovered from her shock and exhaustion. Su Daintith Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“Recent heavy rains have transformed some areas of soft sand in to quick sand. If you do become stuck in mud stay as calm as you can, spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. If you dont have a phone slowly wave your arms above your head and shout to try and attract attention. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”. Read more on the MCA website…

Cycle ride comes to a sticky end

A cycle ride came to a sticky end this afternoon when a 51 year-old male cyclist was rescued from the mud near a track between Milford on Sea and Barton on Sea, Hampshire. At just before 2pm the man called 999 to report that he was stuck in the mud just off the track at Taddiford Gap after coming down the cycle track from the car park. Solent Coastguard sent Coastguard Rescue teams from Lymington and Southbourne to the scene with a specialist Coastguard mud rescue team from Hilllhead. Hampshire Fire and Rescue and South Central Ambulance were also asked to assist.
The man had been walking along the beach with his bike when he noticed that the tide was coming in. He tried to make his way further up the beach but soon his trainers became stuck in the mud. In attempting to take his shoes off, he found himself sinking further into the mud – by this time up to knees. At this point he decided to call for help. This was just as well, as by the time he was finally rescued at just before 2.40pm, by a combination of Coastguard and Fire & Rescue equipment; he had continued to sink up to his waist. There was also the added risk of the unstable cliff above him showing signs of imminent collapse.
Mike OSullivan – Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“The heavy recent rain and incoming tides can create areas of quicksand which quickly suck you in. If you become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and, if you have a mobile phone, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage other well meaning members of the public from attempting to rescue you because, without the proper equipment, they could become stuck too. Before you set out to explore the beaches and coastline in your area, always remember to check the times of High and Low Water and plan your trip accordingly”. Read the full article on the MCA website… 

Divers vital contribution to the definitive Incident Report

With the UK diving season now well underway, BSAC would like to remind anyone involved in or witnessing a diving incident this year to report it. Every year BSAC produces an Incident Report, which plays a key role in helping to understand trends in diving safety. By reporting an incident to BSAC, you can help contribute to the wide-spread practice of safe diving. As the UK Governing Body, BSAC has monitored and reported on diving incidents since 1964. Providing the most comprehensive database of incidents and trends, the BSAC Incident Report has influenced the development of safe diving and training practices across all agencies. The annual report contains details of UK diving incidents occurring to divers of all affiliations, plus incidents occurring world-wide involving BSAC members. Many groups, including the MCA, RNLI and other diving organisations feed into our system but the vast majority of reports come from individuals. The findings are presented by BSAC’s Safety Adviser Brian Cumming at the BSAC Diving Conference every autumn.

Brian said he applauded the courage and generosity of divers who contributed to the report so that lessons can be learnt and hoped others would follow suit: “Divers are central to this report, and their experiences are invaluable. Whilst some people may be reluctant to report an incident or ‘near miss’, BSAC would like to reassure contributors that any details supplied will be used anonymously.”

BSAC Incident reports can be submitted online at www.bsac.com/incidentreport

Swim your way to long term health and wellbeing

Many people these days are leading increasingly inactive lifestyles, which is expected to result in many more suffering from health problems and chronic diseases in the future. By making a small change to your routine, it can have a huge impact on your health. Instead of going for a swift pint go for a swift swim! Or maybe you watch too much television? Why not swap the sofa for the pool and you will soon see the improvements to your health and fitness levels.
Swimming for 30 minutes at least once a week offers a whole host of health benefits including controlling cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, lowering the risk of cancer and preventing osteoporosis. It can burn up to 350 calories, helping with weight loss. Just think how easy it could be to fit in a quick swim, in a quiet daytime period at your local pool or even an over 50’s dedicated session. It’s not just your physical health that swimming has a positive impact on – it improves your mental well being, helps you to feel more motivated and boosts your energy levels. Swimming is also a great way to spend quality time with your family and one in three children say swimming is their favourite activity. You’ll definitely be the favourite grandparent when you offer to take them swimming!
If you’re not a confident swimmer, it’s never too late to learn. The first step is enrolling in swimming lessons to gain the skills to be safe in and around the water. Most pools and swim schools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment that follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme, the most successful sports programme of its kind and your assurance of quality. Read more on the swimming.org website…

British Waterways and the Angling Trust warn of weir pool dangers

Ahead of the main fishing season British Waterways (BW) and the Angling Trust are reminding anglers of the dangers posed by fishing in weir pools. The advice follows a tragic incident in January in which one angler died after he and a friend got into difficulties when their aluminium boat was dragged under the water at Cromwell Weir on the River Trent. Since the incident British Waterways has worked in partnership with local fishing clubs and the Angling Trust to review safety at Cromwell. BW has agreed to install additional signage at the site and is planning to install a siren system enabling the lock keeper to warn boats in the danger area immediately below the weir. Now the two organisations are advising that, whenever fishing on rivers, anglers take extra care to ensure that they go home unharmed at the end of the day. In particular anglers are strongly urged to follow the advice of signage on site to avoid areas, both on land and on the water, which have been identified as presenting potential safety hazards.
Sean McGinley, Waterway Manager for the East Midlands explains; “The incident at Cromwell Weir earlier this year was deeply saddening and nobody within the angling community wants to see it happen again. Our advice is very simple; when fishing on the river, pay attention to the signage on site and keep away from areas where possible safety hazards have been identified. “It’s also worth speaking to the relevant local angling club – they are great sources of local knowledge on where to get the best catches and any areas where particular care is needed. By taking these simple steps anglers can really enjoy the fantastic angling on the river whilst, most importantly, going home safely at the end of the day.”
David Kent, Director of the Angling Trust said; “There are fantastic opportunities for angling on canals and rivers throughout the country but we need to make sure that anglers are reminded of simple, common sense measures that they can take to reduce the occasional risks that are involved with any activity involving water.”
A list of Angling Trust member clubs can be found at http://www.anglingtrust.net with details of how to join. Read more on the British Waterways website…