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Sea Swimming Worry For Parents

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7:01am 23rd May 2014

A groundbreaking Cornish scheme to keep children safe at the seaside is going national.

1,800 locals and visitors got lessons in the town's seapool last summer.

Now they are expanding to other parts of the country.

It comes as a survey shows less than a third of parents say they are completely happy to let their children swim in the sea, while one in five won’t let their children into the waves at all because they feel it’s too dangerous.

Nearly a third of parents say that they will only let their children swim in the sea if they go with them.

The programme is being repeated in Bude, as well as being rolled out in Bournemouth and South Shields. 

8,000 kids are expected to go through the scheme this summer across the three Swim Safe sites.

The Amateur Swimming Association says that, although many children learn to swim the basic 25m set out in the national curriculum, conditions in the sea are a lot different from the local pool.

The Swim Safe initiative offers young swimmers the chance to learn about beach safety through a 10 minute talk with RNLI lifeguards, followed by 30 minutes of in-water tuition with ASA qualified swimming teachers.

Nicole was one of the youngsters who took part in the scheme in Bude last year. She said: "If there's a red flag you can't go in the water because they might be looking for someone or the sea is rough.

"I'm going to tell all my friends what I've done - and that they should come here and do it themselves."

John Glen from the ASA said: "When you get into the sea or get into the open water parents should be looking to support their children and just check their swimming ability before they go off and swim in big waves or open water."

7:01am 23rd May 2014

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