Volunteers from the Maritime Volunteer Service in Kingston-up-Thames and outdoor activity centre Albany Outdoors have joined forces to provide tuition and practical sessions to local secondary schools for the RLSS UK’s Water Smart Award.
The sessions are running on Fridays through July at Albany Outdoors’ facility on the banks of the Thames in Kingston.
Students are taught the basics of open water swimming safety including the risks of cold water shock and obstacles in or under the water. They then had the opportunity to practice self-rescue skills (float to live) and land-based methods of helping someone struggling in the water. This included shouting instructions, rope throwing and reaching with a suitable object while ensuring they don’t also fall in.
The Water Smart Award is a stand-alone award that covers the following:
- Water safety awareness
- Getting in and out of the water safely
- Safely staying afloat
- Safely moving in the water
- Performing rescues safely
Find out more: www.rlss.org.uk/water-smart-award