Over the last two weeks during Water Safety lessons Pre-Prep and Junior School have been learning:

  • Why they should NEVER get into the water to rescue anyone.
  • To be aware of their surroundings and for them to shout if they see someone in trouble.
  • To do a reach and rescue from the side.
  • To throw things into the water if the person is out of reach to help them.
  • That they should never be in a pool or near any kind of water unsupervised.
  • All about beach flags.
  • All about Rip tides, currents, beach dangers and general dangers in and around the water.
  • To know how to call 999, 911 or 112 in case of an emergency.
  • Hot to follow the Water Safety Code.
  • About cold water shock.

I hope the boys have learnt a lot over the last couple of weeks. For me as a swimming teacher, these lessons are the most important ones I teach. Seeing the boys swim for the first time or gain a new skill is very rewarding, and I think I get more excited about this than they do, but to know that I have passed on water safety knowledge that could save their lives or someone else’s life is paramount.

I have asked the boys to pay it forward. Two thirds of UK adults have never had any water safety training or education so I’m hoping that they have told you everything!

If you want any further information, please look at the RLSS website (Become a Lifeguard | Royal Life Saving Society UK ( RLSS UK ) where you can access a lot of information about keeping you and your boys safe in and around the water. Of course you can always email me too at sarah.bridgeman@newbeacon.org.uk .

Mrs Bridgeman