Swimming lessons for school children in Cornwall will be focusing on enjoying water safely this week.

Pupils from more than seventy schools county-wide are currently receiving intensive key stage 2 swimming training at Better leisure centres. 19 – 26 June marks Drowning Prevention Week, run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK, and GLL, the not-for-profit social enterprise that runs the centres on behalf of Cornwall Council, will be reinforcing its safety- first message.

“More than 400 people die from drowning each year and nearly half of those happen during the summer months,” said GLL’s Head of Service James Curry. “With thousands of visitors crowding to Cornish beaches, it’s more important than ever to know how to swim and how to avoid danger when making the most of our beautiful coastline.

“Many local children had their swimming lessons cancelled because of Covid in 2020 so our swimming teachers are working very hard to make sure pupils catch up on what they missed. As well as being fun, it’s a vital life skill.”

Sandy Hill Academy in St Austell is one of the schools taking part.

“I’d like to thank the swim teachers and Better for significantly helping the children,” said KS2 lead Jack Walker. “They love the sessions, are keen to progress and are so much more confident. Seeing some of our non-swimmers go on to achieve 50m is remarkable.”

There are swimming teacher career opportunities available across Cornwall. For more information, contact amelia.kitchen@gll.org