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Making a splash about water safety!

Get safe 4 summer 2016 at Riverside Leisure Centre Published on Thursday, 16th June 2016

Children from schools across the city have been taking part in a day-full of fun activities designed to enhance their safety in water at Norwich City Council’s annual Get Safe 4 Summer event.

The event was held on Wednesday 15 June at Riverside Leisure Centre with the support of Norwich Broadsbeat and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Pupils from Magdalen Gates Primary School, Costessey Junior School, Colman Junior School , Avenue Junior School, George White Junior, Heartsease Primary Academy, Eaton Primary and Edith Cavell attended.

This year’s sessions featured a range of engaging games and exercises based around specific water related themes. Activities included reaching and throwing rescues, life jacket saving skills (hosted by Norfolk Constabulary’s Broadsbeat), personal survival skills, swimming safely, beach safety (hosted by the RNLI) and a water safety session (delivered by City of Norwich Swimming Club).

Cllr Roger Ryan, cabinet member for leisure said: “Water safety is important all year round, but summer is an ideal time to raise awareness.

“All of the children have had a great time splashing around today, being taught practical skills by knowledgeable professionals.”

PCSO 8186 Martin Chapman, from Norfolk Police’s Broads Beat, said: “With the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads on our doorstep it’s vitally important to know how to act, behave and respect the water. Children take part in a range of activities near to water and Broads Beat took on the subject of life jackets, their importance in the water and how to correctly wear them.

“The children had great fun putting them on and wearing them in the pool but also understood the message of how important they are”

This valuable event would not be possible without the assistance from the partners involved.