Free sea safety lessons for Jersey's Year 5 children

Hundreds of nine and ten year olds in Jersey are learning how to stay safe in our waters this summer.

The 'Swim Safe' campaign is run by Jersey Sport and the Bosdet Foundation. 

Its aim is to teach young people how to stay safe in the sea, how to spot potential dangers and what to do in challenging situations.

The lessons are also hoping to build confidence in youngsters hoping to get into sea swimming this summer. 

Alex Le Pavoux from the Bosdet Foundation is delivering the programme:

"We currently offer it to all Year 5s on the island. 

"There is approximately a 96 -97% participation rate. This is probably the highest population engagement in a particular water safety programme anywhere in the world.

"It's really important we deliver these safety messages at this time of year, especially to these Year 5 children. 

"This is when they start to spread their wings and go to try things on their own, which is important and all part of child development and growing up. 

"We need to give children and young people the skills to make the right decisions."

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