Staying safe in the water

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A SERIES of events are being held to help people stay safe in and around water during the summer.

From Saturday, through to Sunday, June 24, Durham County Leisure swimming pools will be offering free lifesaving taster sessions for adults and children, free swimming lesson taster sessions and free water safety awareness packs, plus save-a-baby’s life courses for only £5 per adult.

More than 400 people drown and thousands more suffer near-drowning experiences in the UK each year.

Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children.

Steve Lister, strategic manager of indoor sport and leisure at Durham County Council, said: “Water safety is vitally important for everyone, particularly children and young people.

“We hope that as many people as possible will come along and take part in these sessions.”

In addition to the activity sessions, swimming development officers from Durham County Council and officers from Darlington and Durham Police will be visiting primary schools to raise awareness of water safety.

The visits will show children how to be safe when in and near water.

Water Safety Awareness Week will be held at Freeman’s Quay, Chester-le-Street, Teesdale, Woodhouse, Spennymoor and Newton Aycliffe leisure centres.

People should contact participating leisure centres directly for more details.