Jun 2012 26

The summer school holidays are nearly upon us and the kids will be seeking adventures and fun on the beaches, coast and in the countryside of our spectacular county of Pembrokeshire.

Here at Bluestone and the Blue Lagoon we’re trying to ensure young people keep safe this summer by understanding the dangers of the sea, rivers and the coast – while still having fun.

A team of lifeguards from the Blue Lagoon have mounted an educational campaign – Get Safe 4 Summer – to warn youngsters about the dangers and offer advice on how to stay safe when swimming in the sea and rivers.

“We’re lucky to live in a stunning part of the world where kids have access to some great beaches and coastline for summer adventures. But there are a lot of hidden dangers and we’re going out to schools and youth groups to highlight ways kids can stay safe and have fun this summer, ” said Blue Lagoon lifeguard, Gwili Owens.

The lifeguards talk to children about what they can do to ensure days out at the beach, along rivers or in swimming pools are fun.

“We’re not going in and saying don’t do this or don’t do that, it’s just about interacting with them and highlighting the dangers, ensuring they understand the warning flags on beaches, and just taking basic care when swimming – form using buoyancy aids, to warning about strong currents or taking swimming lesson refreshers,” added Gwili.

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Gareth Thomas, Headteacher at Ysgol Brynconin, Llandissilio, said the children enjoyed the visit from the lifeguards. “It’s good for the children to meet lifeguards who work day-to-day ensuring the safety of people. They learnt a lot about water safety in a fun way and hopefully they’ll remember everything for when they go out with friends and family this summer.”

If you’d like the Blue Lagoon lifeguards to visit your group or school, call the Blue Lagoon manager, David Crews, on 01834 869 900 ex 560 or email info@bluelagoonwales.com