School children on Jersey headed to the beach with RNLI lifeguards this summer to learn vital lessons about how to keep themselves safe in the surf. A total of 170 children from four schools took part in the charity’s unique Hit the Surf scheme which was delivered on Jersey for the first time this year. The programme sees RNLI lifeguards give surf safety sessions to youngsters aged between 7 and 11 – combining theory and practical lessons, which aim to make the children more capable and confident in the water.
Dave Gorman, the RNLI Lifeguard Manager who runs the programme, says:
“We were delighted to introduce the Hit the Surf programme to schools on Jersey. Hit the Surf is a fun and active programme for the children to get involved in but it also carries some very important messages about how to stay safe in the surf and what to do should they find themselves in difficulty”.
As pupils and teachers across the country enjoy the start of the Summer holidays, over a thousand children can take to the beach with confidence this summer thanks to RNLI educational programme Hit the Surf. Over the past six weeks, the charity’s lifeguards have been holding beach safety sessions at Tenby, Poppit Sands, Newport and Aberavon to teach primary school children vital skills and knowledge that will help them stay safe on the beach this Summer. In total, 1188 primary school children took part in the charity’s educational programme over the six week period. Nicky Palmer, RNLI Lifeguard Community Engagement Supervisor said:
‘Once again RNLI Hit the Surf was a great success across south and west Wales. This was the first time for the team to hold the educational sessions on Aberavon beach, but we had a warm welcome from the schools, as well as a chance to work closely with Port Talbot volunteer lifeboat crew who were a great support to the lifeguarding team. Hopefully the children will remember the safety tips they learnt at Hit the Surf, and that the skills will help them stay safe on the beach this summer.’
Even though the weatherman is forecasting warm weather and sunshine over the weekend, RNLI lifeguards are advising members of the public to be careful when enjoying the sea as the water temperature is still colder than usual for this time of year. Hit the Surf is an educational programme that’s presented by a team of RNLI lifeguards at various locations across the coast. During the sessions, children from local schools learn about the meaning of different flags they may see on the beach, top safety tips as well as a chance to don their wetsuits and learn basic board skills under the watchful eye of the RNLI lifeguards. Read the full article on the RNLI website…