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Water Safety Project

Year 9

Twelve boys from Year 9 enjoyed a fantastic day at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre, participating in a newly launched water safety project. A number of different organisations came together to raise awareness of the dangers associated with swimming in rivers and lakes. The project was instigated following the drowning of a 17 year old boy Robbie Lea in May 2017; Robbie’s mum delivered a very fitting and emotional introduction to the day.

The Year 9 pupils observed and participated in six different water based scenarios led by partnership organisations including the police, fire service, RNLI and Lee Valley Park. Pupils’ had the opportunity to discuss strategies about how to avoid situations which may prove dangerous, in addition to how best to help someone experiencing difficulties when in open water.

The bravest members of the group opted to enter the water at the rafting centre, which had a recorded temperature of 4o. After swimming across the designated area, pupils reported back how much the shock of the cold took their breath away and they were very surprised at how it made their body feel.

The twelve Year 9 pupils, who were superb throughout the day in terms of behaviour, engagement and respect, will now adopt the role of ‘water safety ambassadors’ in the school. Their role will involve sharing their knowledge to educating other pupils about how to stay safe when near water.