Children get beach smart on South Bay

Scarborough schoolchildren have been having beach safety lessons called Hit The Surf, from RNLI Lifeguards last week and this, on the South Bay. Pictured are Class 6P from Gladstone Road Junior School , with their coastguard tutors.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112349a
Scarborough schoolchildren have been having beach safety lessons called Hit The Surf, from RNLI Lifeguards last week and this, on the South Bay. Pictured are Class 6P from Gladstone Road Junior School , with their coastguard tutors. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112349a
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THE SUMMER is here and youngsters can safely enjoy the sun, sea and sand after getting clued up in a beach awareness programme.

Lessons in emergency procedures, how to use beach equipment and how to recognise warning signs were delivered by Scarborough’s lifeguards to local schoolchildren as part of the charity’s Hit the Surf scheme.

Four Year 6 classes from Gladstone Road Junior School took a trip to South Bay to attend the safety sessions.

Year 6 teacher John Palmer said: “The children had talks on beach safety; different flags, on using dinghies, what to do in the event of an emergency.

“They watched the lifeboat come back from a drill and the lifeguards took them on the beach to do teamwork games.

“The lifeguards made it fun for them, it was very lively and engaging.

“The children really enjoyed it, they found it informative and interesting, they really engaged with the activities.”

The pupils can now add beach smart to their growing list of safety awareness.

Mr Palmer added: “It links well because Year 6 also went to Crucial Crew - learning about keeping safe, and they’re also doing the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools about first aid which is run by the hospital.

“It’s excellent, anything that includes them knowing how to keep safe, especially as they become older and more independent, knowing what to do in situations is really beneficial.”