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Children need to know about water safety

Four children laid on their fronts over looking decking into water

Published at 4:48pm 10th April 2018. (Updated at 5:17pm 11th April 2018)

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The RNLI visited local school Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate and delivered some water safety training to a group of students. 

Whilst the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) would usually operate in coastal regions, improving knowledge of safety around water is a crucial part of their role within the community. 

Aiming to reduce drownings by 50% by 2024 both on the coast and in land, educating youngsters with some simple tips could be the difference between life or death. 

At Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate a group of children from key stage two received a presentation from the RNLI team which taught them the importance of flag colours on beaches and four simple steps to think about when around water.

Red and yellow flag on beach with blue skies

Sign and Flag Systems at the sea

Red and white prohibition sign

Do not enter the water at any time. Swimming and other water-related activities are not permitted.

Flags

Red and yellow flagsRed and yellow flag

Lifeguarded area. Safest area to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

Black and white chequered flagsBlack and white flag

For surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and other non-powered craft. Launch and recovery area for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Never swim or bodyboard here.

Red flagRed flag

Danger! Never go in the water under any circumstances when the red flag is flying.

Orange windsockOrange windsock

Indicates offshore or strong wind conditions. Never use inflatables when the windsock is flying.

Boy sat on decking with fishing road in water

Four focuses of water safety

The children also learnt more about the following four key areas of water safety:

  1. STOP AND THINK
  2. STAY TOGETHER
  3. FLOAT
  4. WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

Learn more about water safety with the RNLI.

Tom Harland from Stray FM's Family Show went to meet Helen and Joss two senior lifeguards at the RNLI, Steven Turner the Head of Kings Magna at Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate and some students who took part in the training:

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