Falkirk Community Trust in conjunction with Scottish Swimming, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, The Royal Lifesaving Society and The Scottish Fire Service ran a Water Safety Week 1st -5th June 2015, at the Helix. This proved to be a great success and a number of local schools took part as well as visitors from Kelty in Fife.
The aim of the week was to educate and raise awareness of safety in and around the water. Drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death amongst children. Approximately 20 per cent of all drowning’s are at coastal locations and around a further 62 per cent are at inland waters – rivers, lakes, canals, reservoirs
A talk was presented by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to each class at the Helix Lagoon. The Royal Lifesaving Society took classes on walkabout up to the Canal and Kelpies to develop awareness of Safety around Open Water and the particular dangers inherent in Canals.
For many the highlight of the day was the visit of the Scottish Fire service, from Falkirk, Stirling and Bathgate. The emphasis was on water safety rather than rescue but we all like to see a fireman come to the rescue! The firemen and women were all keen to show their skills in boat handling and water rescue. Everyone had great fun watching them in their power boat on the lagoon, simulating rescues and casualty handling. With the firemen suitably suited up all the pupils had a shot of rescuing the fireman using ropes from the Lagoon side.
The pupils had various other activities to take part in including Kelpie visits, Adventure Playground and the Pedaloes on the Lagoon.
At the end of each day everyone was presented with a water safety goody bag. All the pupils left knowing what being S.A.F.E. means …… Spot the dangers, Take Advice, Go with a Friend, and Emergency.
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