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Water Safety

Project & Assembly

Thirteen boys from Year 9 enjoyed a fantastic day at the Lee Valley White Water Rafting Centre, participating in water safety project, now in its second year. 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 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.

As a follow up from the day, the whole of Year 9 participated in a follow-up assembly, which shared in more detail the dangers associated with associated with swimming in rivers and lakes.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone at the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority for inviting us to the event and for coming into Broxbourne School to raise awareness of the dangers and increase the safety of young people.