On Monday the children had the opportunity to learn some essential life skills when they took their pyjamas for a swim! Although great fun there is a very important message to this session.
Before entering the water lifesaving skills were discussed using the acronym SAFE.
S - Spot the dangers. Is it cold, deep, dirty, slippery, hidden danger, currents etc.
A - Take advice. Look out for special signs or notices warning of danger.
F - Friends and family. You should never be around water on your own.
E - Emergency. What to do if you are in danger or if you find someone in danger.
The children impressed us with their knowledge of beach flags.
Red and Yellow - Lifeguards are on patrol.
Red- Danger don’t go into the water.
Black and White - There are surfers etc. in the water so it’s not safe to swim.
This is the feedback we had from the children!
“We had a great time swimming in our clothes. It made our legs feel really heavy and it was hard work getting out of the water” - Mabel
“It felt weird getting into the pool and swimming in our clothes” - Christina
“I felt very cold when I got out and loved the shower” - James
“I loved pretending to fall into the water with my clothes on. It was great fun but we know it can be dangerous” - Harry
Then all the children demonstrated they would have no trouble shouting for help and all know to call 999 in an emergency.
Then it was into the water to practice floating on their backs and walking/swimming through the water with the extra weight of clothing.