Over 10,000 children have been taught potentially lifesaving water safety tips this summer by BPL
Nearly 50 schools across Barnsley and Bassetlaw were visited by a member of BPL’s Swim School in the run up to the summer holidays.
Primary school pupils were delivered four key messages through the acronym SAFE, which stands for: spot the dangers; take advice; go with friends; and learn what to do in an emergency.
Drowning is among the largest causes of accidental death in the UK. During the summer, people become tempted to enter lakes and rivers to escape rising temperatures.
These lessons also provide education for children that may be around water in the summer holidays, enabling them to be confident and safe.
Simon Ferrarelli, BPL Corporate Aquatic Manager, leads the Aquatic Team in delivering the safety messages. He said: “With the ever-increasing warm summers, Swim Safe is as important as ever. Unfortunately, we have seen far too many news headlines of young people drowning in open water.
“It is important for us to be able to visit our local community primary schools and advise the pupils how important it is to stay safe around water in the summer, but also help others if they get into difficulty.”
Children were given free Swim Safe goodies, including bookmarks and free swim vouchers, to ensure that they take the message home with them.
BPL is a nationally recognised swim school, which teaches over 7,500 children how to swim each week.
Due to its commitment to training and instruction of members and customers, it has been awarded Swim England Operator of the Year for two years running.