Sandown Town Council, working with the beach safety service from Waterside Community Trust, are providing fun, structured sea safety sessions, run by qualified swimming teachers and lifeguards, for more than 300 children in years 5 and 6, from four local primary schools.
The one-hour sessions teach pupils to perform safe self-rescue in various water-based situations and gives them the opportunity to take part in activity challenges, both individually and as part of a team. Each child will earn a certificate on completion of the course.
Todd Miller, beach manager and general manager of the trust, said: “We are grateful for the support of Southern Water, which has enabled local children to access quality training and resources, and enjoy the fun that safe swimming brings. Prevention is an integral part of our beach safety agenda and, undoubtedly, this will enable us to educate local children and their parents, and save lives.”
Sandown mayor, Paddy Lightfoot, added: “The town council is committed to supporting beach safety, highlighted by the award of the internationally accredited Blue Flag. Working with Todd and the team benefits the children and community of the Bay, as well as visitors to the Island, together with prioritising working with partners to secure improvements.
“There are plans to offer a water-based activity programme later in the year, and to run this programme again in 2023.”