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Water safety message being rolled out to Tendring schools

18 Apr Water safety message being rolled out to Tendring schools

Tips and advice on staying safe in water are being delivered to pupils across the district through a new Train the Trainer scheme.

An initiative from the Tendring Water Safety Forum, Train the Trainer aims to empower school staff and others who work with young people to share relevant safety messages.

The Tendring Water Safety Forum was set up in the wake of the tragic death of 15-year-old Ben Quartermaine in the sea off Clacton last July. It is made up of a number of agencies, including Tendring District Council (TDC), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the Royal Life Saving Society, Harwich Haven Authority and Brightlingsea Harbour Authority, and is putting together a range of initiatives to improve water safety for young people in the district.

Train the Trainer was set up as it was recognised any number of the Forum’s partner organisations may already give different aspects of water safety messages. Train the Trainer brings those messages together into one consistent briefing, and also means schools themselves can run sessions without having to bring in external bodies.

A number of Train the Trainer sessions have already been held, but there are still some dates available if people wish to sign up.