MARTELLO ROTARY CLUB BACKS JUNIOR LIFEGUARD PROGRAMME
June 20 2014.
The Martello Rotary Club of Seaford has funded and helped to organise, a lifesaving course for Year 6 children from local schools. The Junior Lifeguard Programme is aimed primarily at children from seven years old and above.
The course , which has been designed by water safety specialists at the National Lifesaving Academy based in Newhaven, is designed to ensure that every child in the country has essential water safety skills to keep themselves safe and know what to do in an emergency . The programme features swimming and lifesaving skills supported by water safety education, allowing participants to enjoy swimming as an activity and, vitally, to protect their lives should an accident occur in or out of the water.
26 children from Annecy Primary , Chyngton Primary, Seaford Primary and Cradle Hill Primary School attended the course at Newlands School and the Martello Rotary club has received very positive comments from representatives of the schools.
Rotarians Tony Reynolds and Nick White were on hand to help out on the day, and President Janice Vince thanked the lifeguards for running the event. She said: "As we live by the sea and with the warmer weather, many children are on the beach. It is important they go informed of sea dangers and know what to do until a life guard or an adult can be summoned. This course has given them that knowledge, hopefully making them safer on the beach.“