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Kids Learn How to Be Beach Safe This Summer

16 July 2018

Children aged between 8-14 can learn how to stay safe on the beach and in the sea this summer with the Tyro Lifeguard course being run by the Eastbourne Beach Lifeguard team throughout the school summer holidays.

 

Tyro Lifeguard course Lead by a qualified and experienced team, the course is designed to provide youngsters with first aid training, a guide to beach and personal safety plus an introduction to basic lifeguarding, all of which will equip them with the essential skills they need to enjoy time spent on or near the water.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We all love to have fun in the sun and spending time at the beach is a great way to enjoy time as a family. However, it is vitally important that our children know how to enjoy the beach and sea safely.

“The Tyro Lifeguard course is an excellent way for children to learn some of the key skills they need to stay safe while also having fun at the same time.”

Sessions last 3 hours and are available either at 10am or 2pm from the Lifeguard Station close to the Wish Tower. There are four different levels that cover a range of different activities both on the beach and in the water;

Level 1 looks at local hazards, the different flags that fly on the beach and what they mean plus an overview of beach and sea safety. Level 2 covers basic first aid, sea rescues, radio calls and signals.

In Level 3 children will learn how to paddle board, find out more about open water rescues and there will be an introduction to the rescue boat and how it is used. Level 4 includes rescues from the boat, advanced first aid and the Tyro legends challenge!

All activities may be subject to change depending on the weather and sea conditions. Your child will also need to be able to swim 100 metres unaided and swim wear (or preferably a thin wet suit) and towel are both essentials in order to take part.

Priced at £18 per session or £60 for 4 sessions. For further information visit the Seafront Office, call 01323 410611 or book online at www.visiteastbourne.com/seafront/TyroLifeguard.aspx

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