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Byline: School children hit the surf with RNLI lifeguards this summer
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Children from schools around the UK are to receive surf skills training and beach safety information from RNLI lifeguards as part of the charity’s unique Hit the Surf programme.
 
The Hit the Surf initiative gives school children aged eight to 12 a unique and exciting opportunity to take part in a course combining theory and practical lessons in surf skills and beach safety.
 
Highly trained RNLI lifeguards run the course, giving the children real examples of life-threatening situations and teaching them how to get out of trouble in and around the sea.
 
RNLI Divisional Beach Safety Manager, Dave Gorman, says:
 
‘Last year, surfing and bodyboarding accounted for nearly half of the major incidents RNLI lifeguards attended on UK beaches. Our Hit the Surf scheme aims to develop children’s surf-based skills and make them more aware of beach safety. Experienced RNLI lifeguards will teach the youngsters crucial beach safety skills. The course is great fun, so the children are learning essential safety lessons and enjoying themselves at the same time.
 
‘Half-day and full-day sessions are available and include safety talks, beach activities and surf skills advice. By the end of a session, the children should be able to recognise the red and yellow beach flags – and know what they mean, understand the role of a lifeguard, have improved confidence in the water and know what to do should they find themselves in trouble.’
 
Since the scheme began in 2005, more than 2,000 children from over 70 schools have taken part. The programme for this year has been organised as follows:
 
19 May-23 May – Cornwall
02 June-06 June – Norfolk
09 June-20 June – Sunderland
30 June-04 July – Pembrokeshire
07 July-17 July – Dorset
 
Hit the Surf complements the RNLI’s beach safety campaign, which the charity runs throughout the summer months, urging beach-goers to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. As part of the campaign this year, the charity has published On The Beach, a new guide to beach safety.
 
The guide is available free-of-charge from beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or by calling 0800 328 0600. The RNLI’s website, www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety also has practical advice and tips on staying safe. Those wishing to identify their nearest lifeguarded beach should visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk.
 
Schools wanting further information on how to get involved with the Hit the Surf programme should contact the RNLI by emailing beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or calling 0800 328 0600.
 
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Notes to editors
 
  1. A picture from last year’s Hit the Surf programme is attached. Please credit RNLI.
 
  1. Photography and filming opportunities can be arranged. RNLI spokespeople are also available for comment or interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the number below.
 
  1. In 2007, RNLI lifeguards attended 8,201 incidents, aided 9,883 people and saved 62 lives on UK beaches.
 
  1. This year, RNLI lifeguards will patrol 87 beaches across the southwest (Cornwall, Devon and Dorset), and eight beaches in Norfolk. For the first time, there will also be RNLI lifeguards guarding 12 beaches in Pembrokeshire.
 
  1. The RNLI is a registered charity, which exists to save lives at sea. It relies on voluntary contributions and legacies to ensure its lifeguards and volunteer crews have the very best training and equipment.
 
 
RNLI Public Relations contacts
For more information, please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663181, email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk or call the RNLI PR office on 01202 336789.
 
 
The RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk or www.rnli.ie. News releases and other media resources are available at www.rnli.org.uk/press. For beach safety information see www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.
Byline: School children hit the surf with RNLI lifeguards this summer
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Children from schools around the UK are to receive surf skills training and beach safety information from RNLI lifeguards as part of the charity’s unique Hit the Surf programme.
 
The Hit the Surf initiative gives school children aged eight to 12 a unique and exciting opportunity to take part in a course combining theory and practical lessons in surf skills and beach safety.
 
Highly trained RNLI lifeguards run the course, giving the children real examples of life-threatening situations and teaching them how to get out of trouble in and around the sea.
 
RNLI Divisional Beach Safety Manager, Dave Gorman, says:
 
‘Last year, surfing and bodyboarding accounted for nearly half of the major incidents RNLI lifeguards attended on UK beaches. Our Hit the Surf scheme aims to develop children’s surf-based skills and make them more aware of beach safety. Experienced RNLI lifeguards will teach the youngsters crucial beach safety skills. The course is great fun, so the children are learning essential safety lessons and enjoying themselves at the same time.
 
‘Half-day and full-day sessions are available and include safety talks, beach activities and surf skills advice. By the end of a session, the children should be able to recognise the red and yellow beach flags – and know what they mean, understand the role of a lifeguard, have improved confidence in the water and know what to do should they find themselves in trouble.’
 
Since the scheme began in 2005, more than 2,000 children from over 70 schools have taken part. The programme for this year has been organised as follows:
 
19 May-23 May – Cornwall
02 June-06 June – Norfolk
09 June-20 June – Sunderland
30 June-04 July – Pembrokeshire
07 July-17 July – Dorset
 
Hit the Surf complements the RNLI’s beach safety campaign, which the charity runs throughout the summer months, urging beach-goers to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. As part of the campaign this year, the charity has published On The Beach, a new guide to beach safety.
 
The guide is available free-of-charge from beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or by calling 0800 328 0600. The RNLI’s website, www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety also has practical advice and tips on staying safe. Those wishing to identify their nearest lifeguarded beach should visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk.
 
Schools wanting further information on how to get involved with the Hit the Surf programme should contact the RNLI by emailing beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or calling 0800 328 0600.
 
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Notes to editors
 
  1. A picture from last year’s Hit the Surf programme is attached. Please credit RNLI.
 
  1. Photography and filming opportunities can be arranged. RNLI spokespeople are also available for comment or interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the number below.
 
  1. In 2007, RNLI lifeguards attended 8,201 incidents, aided 9,883 people and saved 62 lives on UK beaches.
 
  1. This year, RNLI lifeguards will patrol 87 beaches across the southwest (Cornwall, Devon and Dorset), and eight beaches in Norfolk. For the first time, there will also be RNLI lifeguards guarding 12 beaches in Pembrokeshire.
 
  1. The RNLI is a registered charity, which exists to save lives at sea. It relies on voluntary contributions and legacies to ensure its lifeguards and volunteer crews have the very best training and equipment.
 
 
RNLI Public Relations contacts
For more information, please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663181, email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk or call the RNLI PR office on 01202 336789.
 
 
The RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk or www.rnli.ie. News releases and other media resources are available at www.rnli.org.uk/press. For beach safety information see www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.