School Children Make a Splash at Rhyl RNLI's First Swim Safe Event
Rhyl RNLI hosted the first ever Swim Safe event at a Welsh lifeboat station this week, teaching school children how to stay safe in and around the water.
The Swim Safe event, which is run in and created by the RNLI and Swim England in partnership with Swim Wales; was held at Rhyl Lifeboat station between the 4 and 8 of June. Local RNLI Lifeguards from Rhyl and Prestatyn beaches taught groups of 25 children the different lifeguard flags and what they mean, how to signal for help if they or someone gets into trouble, and how to use the RNLI's 'Float to Live' technique as well as many other survival skills.
During the week seven local schools took part in the free sessions, young people aged 7–14 can take part if they can swim at least 25 metres. Wetsuits and swim hats were provided and all children get a free goody bag and T-shirt.
Tom Farrington, Swim Safe Coordinator says 'For our first event at Rhyl, Swim Safe has been a great success. We have worked with seven schools in the local community teaching children how to Respect the Water. It was great to see the children taking part on their local lifeguarded beach. We recommend that if you are heading to the coast this summer that you always visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags'.
Martin Jones, Rhyl Lifeboat coxswain says 'Rhyl RNLI is really proud to be hosting this event, the volunteer crew here at the station have enjoyed helping out our Lifeguards who have worked really hard to put Swim Safe together this week'.
Mrs Emma Parry, Ysgol Llewelyn PE Co-ordinator said 'The Swim Safe sessions have been a wonderful & unique opportunity for our children. Swimming itself is an important life skill, but to have the chance to swim safely in open water, is great. The children have learnt all about the safety flags, how to call for help and to keep themselves from danger. The group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we look forward to working with the RNLI in the future'.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.