learn life-saving skills at Burnham-On-Sea swimming event
from Burnham-On-Sea have been learning about the dangers posed
by open water during a life-saving scheme in the town.
total of 84 children from four local primary schools were taught
water safety skills at Burnham Swim and Sports Academy on Friday
as part of Get Safe, an educational and water safety campaign
run by the ASA (the national governing body for swimming) and
one of a series of events in 2013.
day aimed to teach children about the dangers of open water, as
well as highlight that swimming is the only sport that can save
was an action-packed few hours in the water with a host of fun
and educational events, including reach rescues and towing someone
to safety. There were also be a number of activities including
first aid and sun safety, plus a visit by the crew of Burnham's
campaign also teaches children all the important things they need
to know when visiting coastal and inland waters, from how they
can spot the dangers themselves to how to act in an emergency.
ASA's David Sparkes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The ability
to recognise dangers and knowledge of water safety is just as
important as being able to swim. Particularly important during
the summer holidays, the ASAs Get Safe campaign is all about
raising awareness that swimming in open water such as lakes, rivers,
canals and the sea is very different from the pool. We want everyone
to be able to enjoy the water but in a safe and sensible way."