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Posted on 3 July 2020

This summer, RNLI Lifeguards can’t be on every beach, meaning a heightened water safety risk to beach goers. We are asking you to help us share some important messages to children and their families.

It is anticipated that as restrictions are eased and the summer weather is here, people will head to the beaches and coastline to enjoy the sun, sea and time with friends and family.  In a normal year, the RNLI helps thousands of people who end up getting into difficulty in or close to the water when doing these types of activities.

Throughout the summer term, the RNLI's local team of trained volunteers and Lifeguards do their best to visit as many of the schools, colleges and youth groups in our region as possible. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak they have not been able to engage with school communities as we normally would.  

Below, you will find out ways in which you can help at this time.

  • Download and use the RNLI Education resource pack. Educating young people about how to keep safe in, on and around water is fundamental to saving lives at sea and a core part of the RNLI’s water safety activity. This term they have put together two downloadable packs of resources focusing on keeping safe this Summer. This will help you engage young people with essential – and lifesaving – water safety lessons in schools and as part of home school packs. 
  • Share a link to the RNLI Water Safety from Home resources - If you’re a parent or teacher looking for ways to engage, educate and entertain your children at home, play our Water Safety Wednesday series – perfect for primary school-aged children. 
  • Please help by sharing the RNLI and MCA’s Beach Safety Campaign with parents, guardians and your wider community. Beach lifeguards cannot be everywhere this summer – it is vital every one of us takes responsibility for our own and our families’ safety.

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