Burnham-On-Sea beach lifeguards set to go on duty for the summer
lifeguards are returning to Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow beaches
from this weekend for the peak summer season.
in the run-up to the start of their patrols, the lifeguard teams
have been holding safety talks and going into local schools to
teach children how best to stay safe this summer.
will begin in Burnham on Saturday 5th July and will run daily
between 10am and 6pm until Sunday 7th September.
team has been busy preparing for their return by taking part in
a two-week induction programme, refreshing their skills before
they go back on duty.
their educational sessions with children, the lifeguards have
been talking to the youngsters about the different flags, lifeguard
equipment, possible hazards on the beach and how to stay safe
if they get into trouble.
of the schools visited was Berrow Church of England Primary School.
Head teacher Heather Hector told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it's
been a great opportunity for the children to learn about their
believe it is very important that our children keep being reminded
about being safe at the beach. As we all live so close to the
beach for many of our children it is their local playground so
knowing how to stay safe is really important. The children liked
dressing up in the props that the team brought as it helps to
make it come alive when they are actively involved," she
the past month the lifeguards have also worked with their colleagues
at Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station, BARB Search & Rescue
and Burnham Coastguards to teach 120 children from the Birmingham area about beach and
sea safety during a visit.
lifeguards will be positioned in temporary units at Burnham-On-Sea
and Berrow beaches, which will be removed after the season.
Leighton, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for Berrow, said: "Our
lifeguard team is very much looking forward to returning to the
beaches for the summer season. At the moment they're busy undertaking
a two-week intensive induction process, which is vital for ensuring
all the lifeguards receive the same high quality training before
going back on the beaches. Topics include rescue theory and practice,
as well as communication skills, first aid and beach familiarisation."
encourage people heading to the coast to visit an RNLI lifeguarded
beach where our team of highly professional lifeguards will be
on hand to assist people; and swim between the red and yellow
flags which marks out the safest swim zone on the beach. Our lifeguards
are also there to offer advice, so please speak with them to find
out the local dangers, tide times and conditions."