Tak­ing the plunge on wa­ter safety week

Wexford People - - NEWS - By SARA GA­HAN

MORE than 150 chil­dren and teenagers took the plunge into cold wa­ter at Cur­r­a­cloe Beach to learn how to swim and save lives at the an­nual swim and wa­ter safety week.

The suc­cess­ful week at Cur­r­a­cloe con­cluded with a cer­tifi­cate pre­sen­ta­tion, where the swim­mers and life­savers were re­warded for their hard ef­forts. The per­pet­ual tro­phy for swim­mer of the week was given to Ro­nan Dil­lon, who man­aged to per­fect all his strokes.

Wex­ford Wa­ter Safety PRO Ruairi Far­rell said the swim classes cater for chil­dren over five who learn swim­ming and wa­ter con­fi­dence in the open wa­ter.

Chil­dren over ten, who have com­pleted all their swim lessons, then progress to the wa­ter safety classes where they learn safety, res­cue, re­sus­ci­ta­tion and ba­sic life sup­port skills.

Ruairi said: ‘It is all part of work­ing to­wards achiev­ing our motto of turn­ing ev­ery child into a swim­mer and ev­ery swim­mer into a life­saver. Many of the par­tic­i­pants progress to­wards com­plet­ing the life­guard course with us.’

The classes are taught by Wex­ford Wa­ter Safety in­struc­tors and vol­un­teers who aim to pro­mote a safer at­ti­tude to­wards our coast­lines.

The chil­dren of swim groups 1, 2 and 3 at Cur­r­a­cloe beach for Swim and Wa­ter Safety Week.

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