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Lifeguarding Lessons for Kids This Summer

23 July 2019

The Eastbourne Beach Lifeguard team will once again be teaching youngsters how to stay safe on the beach and in the sea this summer as part of the fun Tyro Lifeguard course being held throughout the school holidays in July and August.

Lifeguarding Lessons for KidsLed by the qualified and experienced team, the course is designed to provide youngsters aged between 8-14 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 “The beach is a great place to visit and many of us look forward to lazy summer days spent enjoying our glorious coastline. However, it is also important for children to understand the importance of beach and sea safety. The Tyro Lifeguard course is designed to not only provide youngsters with these essential skills but also have a lot of 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. Children 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.

Courses start on 26 July and run through until 30 August and are 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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