RNLI lifeguards deliver safety advice to thousands of children ahead of Summer
RNLI lifeguards are delivering important beach safety messages to thousands of primary school children in Northern Ireland this month.
The charity’s ‘Meet the Lifeguards’ programme is an interactive session where RNLI lifeguards visit a primary school or youth group and teach children key safety advice.
‘Meet the Lifeguards’ aims to educate and raise awareness of beach and water safety from an early age, with the hope that these children will be able to keep themselves safe at the seaside and retain the safety messages through to adulthood.
Throughout the programme, children learn what the different beach safety flags and signs mean, the safety of using inflatables, sun safety and the effects of cold water shock. They also learn about body boarding and surfing safety and how to escape a rip current. Information on the RNLI’s Respect the Water and Float to live campaign is also included in the session.
Beth Montgomery, RNLI Senior Lifeguard and Education Coordinator said: ‘Over 100 primary schools across Northern Ireland are being visited this month so our lifeguards can deliver important beach safety messages on how to stay safe during a visit to the beach and in the water. In the past two weeks we have been to over 50 schools and spoken to over 6,000 children. The children are really enjoying the sessions and are also going home with some really important advice that they can carry with them for life. We also have the confidence and expectation that by educating the children, they share the messages with their older siblings, parents, family and friends so the impact can be even greater.’
Photo 1: RNLI lifeguards Ben Porter and Adam Cummings teaching the children of Portrush Primary School about the different flags they might find on the beach.
RNLI media contacts
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.