Jun 2014 16

Lifeguards from Blue Lagoon are heading into schools throughout West Wales to provide potentially life-saving advice on how young people can be safe this summer when swimming in the sea, local rivers and along the region’s coast.

Throughout June and July, lifeguards from the Blue Lagoon water park near Narberth are visiting a number of schools in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to teach children the importance of staying safe in the holidays with its Get Safe 4 Summer campaign.

Get Safe For Summer 2014

It comes after a recent survey by the Amateur Swimming Association found one in five parents don’t allow their children to swim in the sea because they are afraid they will get into difficulty.

The lifeguards will be giving presentations to children between the ages of 8 and 11 on the importance of learning to swim, the potential dangers to be aware of when swimming outdoors and life-saving rescue advice.

“There’s a lot of fun to be had in the summer in Pembrokeshire; countless beaches, rivers and streams, not to mention the flumes and wave pool at the Blue Lagoon,” said Mike Slack, Manager of the Blue Lagoon.

“It’s important to us that children are made aware of the potential dangers and informed on how to stay safe in the water. That way, they can go out and have a fantastic time, wherever they decide to go swimming.”

The team will be visiting schools in North and South Pembrokeshire as well as Ceredigion, Camarthen, Llanelli and Swansea to spread the safety message. The children will learn first-hand what to do when in difficulty in the water and the various techniques to safely rescue swimmers in trouble.

Interactive and fun, the Get Safe 4 Summer presentation gets the pupils involved, showing them

how to use various props as buoyancy aids and how put somebody into the recovery position. At the end of the talk, each child will receive a certificate and a Blue Lagoon reward card.

“We’re really glad to see that the Get Safe 4 Summer campaign is communicating these valuable safety messages to children and if it helps to save just one life, it’s more than worthwhile,” said Porcha Treanor, Communications Manager at the Royal Life Saving Society UK, the drowning prevention charity. “We all know water is great fun and we’d never want to scare children from going near it, but it’s important that they’re aware of the risks.”