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York Children Given Water Safety Lessons


2:45pm 27th June 2014

In Drowning Prevention Week, primary school pupils in York are taking part in activities to raise their awareness of water safety funded by a trust administered by City of York Council.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Edmund Wilson Trust Fund has been running for 50 years and this year, was able to award a £500 grant to Energise to run a drawing competition around water safety and hold water safety sessions. With 400 accidental deaths a year caused by drowning in the UK, I’m delighted that this partner work between our leisure centres, schools and the Ebor Lifesaving Club is working to generate lasting awareness of water safety.”

Key Stage 1 pupils have been invited to join in a colouring competition and Key Stage 2 pupils are busy designing posters. The winners from each year group will win a free 12-week course of Swim York lessons at Energise or Yearsley Pool, paid for by the Edmund Wilson Trust Fund.

During Drowning Prevention Week, all primary schools that regularly use the council’s two pools are also being given water safety lessons by Energise and Yearsley swimming teachers. The message is being sent home too with a sticker and water safety leaflet given to each participant.

The regular Swim York lessons delivered in the council’s two pools now include a water safety game to help get the water safety message across.

This evening, Ebor Lifesaving Club is holding an open evening from 8:15-9:30pm at Energise for anyone interested in joining the club and seeing what members do. Ebor Lifesaving Club teaches lifesaving to swimmers from eight years old following Royal Lifesaving Society awards and initiatives. The evening is open to all to come along, so bring swimming kit and join in with the activities.

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