With the summer holidays fast approaching Priory Infant School PSHE lead Miss Mayo invited the RNLI to come and speak to the children about keeping safe at the beach.
Miss Mayo said: ” As we live so close to the sea, it is important that while we spend time enjoying our beaches, we must also know how to stay safe and how to get help if something does go wrong.”
The children were shown flags the RNLI display and now know that they should play or swim between those flags, whilst in the sea, as this is where the lifeguards will be watching.
They found out the lifeguards are on the beach between 10am-6pm, during June, July and August and they are a trusted adult, that children can turn to if they become lost.
When arriving at the beach, parents and carers can take their child to the lifeguard’s hut for a band, which they will write their number on. Then, if a child becomes lost, they can go to the lifeguard hut and they will be able to call their parent or guardian and reunite them.
The children found out what to do if an emergency happens in the sea after 6pm, being told they should phone 999 and ask for the coastguard. The youngsters also learnt the crew are volunteers and need donations to continue to rescue those in trouble at sea.
Priory Infant School children and Miss Mayo were grateful for the visit by the RNLI and Miss Mayo hopes that it helps keep the pupils safe this summer while they enjoy their break from school.