Next week is drowning prevention week, The Louisa Centre and Belle Vue Swim Centre are doing their part to save lives.

From 21st-29th June drowning prevention week will be taking place across the country. Schools, organisations, leisure centres, and businesses will be hosting events and activities primarily to raise awareness of how to be safe Drowning Prevention Weekwhen in or near water. Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and countless more have dangerous experiences around water, this week aims to help reduce those figures.

In Consett and Stanley the two local Leisureworks centres are offering free water-based lifesaving sessions for children throughout drowning prevention week. Belle Vue Swim Centre and The Louisa Centre are promoting rookies lifeguard courses specifically designed for children over 8 years old. These sessions regularly take place on a weekly basis and offer a series of lessons based around developing skills with water safety, rescue, and lifesaving while maintaining a fun and friendly atmosphere.

To attend and take part children must be able to successfully swim 50m in a stroke recognised by staff to ensure that the children will be safe in the water. The week has been organised, planned, and managed by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) to educate children about the potential dangers of water and ensure that everyone knows how to have fun but remain safe.

Facilities Manager at Belle Vue Swim Centre, Michael Clemitson, said this about the events:

“Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK and we’re happy to be supporting the RLSS to reduce these numbers.”

There is limited space at these free events and those wishing to attend must book in advance, for more details please visit the Leisureworks website. You can also call the Lousia Centre (01207 218 877 ) or Belle Vue Swim Centre (01207 218 161) directly.

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