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RNLI education for Whitby youngsters

Whitby schoolchildren take part in the RNLI's Hit the Surf programme under the watchful eye of lifeguard Gareth Oxley

Whitby schoolchildren take part in the RNLI's Hit the Surf programme under the watchful eye of lifeguard Gareth Oxley

 

RNLI lifeguards have once again been helping school pupils in Whitby to stay safe at the seaside through their Hit the Surf programme.

A series of workshops have been taking place this month aimed at providing children with a unique opportunity to don a wetsuit and join in an exciting lifesaving course that offers theory and practical lessons in surfing and beach safety.

Pat Messruther, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: “It’s great that Hit the Surf is back in Whitby as it’s always a really popular event in our charity’s education calendar. We’ve recently completed two weeks of workshops in Scarborough which were fully booked out.

“Through a series of fun but informative safety workshops we hope to ensure that the next generation of beach users in Whitby grow up to be able enjoy the seaside with confidence.”

The charity’s Hit the Surf programme is aimed at children between the ages of eight and eleven and covers topics such as the role of a lifeguard, key beach hazards to look out for, the meaning of beach safety flags and what to do if you find yourself in trouble in the water.

It is the fourth year that the scheme has taken place in Whitby.

This year the programme is being delivered to more than 500 school children in the area, while nationally it will reach more than 5,500 pupils in schools throughout England and Wales this summer.

 

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