Pupils set to ‘Hit the Surf’ with lifeguards

CHILDREN from schools in Scarborough are preparing to hit the surf with RNLI lifeguards as they take part in a unique scheme run by the charity teaching youngsters how to stay safe at the beach.

The Hit the Surf programme combines theory and practical lessons and is aimed at making children aged between eight and 12 years old more confident and capable at the beach.

Ben Mitchell, RNLI beach safety supervisor, explained that this is the second year the scheme has been held in Scarborough; last year reaching 15 schools and more than 200 children.

He said: “Surfing and bodyboarding account nationally for a vast proportion of activities RNLI lifeguards respond to during their time on the beach. These activities are often carried out by children so it is really important that they know how to enjoy themselves safely.”

Pupils participating in Hit the Surf will be taught about the role of lifeguards, key beach hazards to look out for, the meaning of the beach safety flags, and what to do if they find themselves in trouble in the water.

Ben added: “Hit the Surf is always great fun both for pupils and teachers. It’s a really interactive way of teaching children vital beach safety messages to ensure they enjoy the sea safely at weekends and during the holidays.

“It also complements the work of RNLI lifeguards in North Yorkshire who deliver beach safety messages throughout the summer season in school assemblies, to community groups and at the beach.”

Hit the Surf runs alongside the RNLI’s summer beach safety campaign, which encourages all beach-goers to make safety a priority when visiting the seaside by choosing a lifeguarded beach.