Swim Safe sessions held at South Bay

Children learn about sea safety.

Children learn about sea safety.

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Swim Safe, the free programme of outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children, is taking place at Scarborough’s South Bay this week.

The sessions run until this Friday (19 August) and are held between 11am and 4pm, 200 metres down the beach from the lifeboat station.

Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with T-shirt are all provided.

Gareth Oxley, Swim Safe coordinator at Scarborough, said: ‘There are all sorts of environmental factors to consider when you’re swimming outdoors, and it’s important children know how to call for help if they get into trouble.”

The funds to run the programme, which is completely free, were raised as part of the Andrew McGeown Legacy fund.

Andrew was a well-loved local man who sadly died after going into the water to rescue his dog, despite efforts by Scarborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to rescue him.