Pupils on guard at beach lessons

Pupils from Kingsley Primary School took part in a Lifeguard and beach safety course at Seaton Carew. The youngsters are pictured with Lifeguards Jess Errington (left) and Sean Kelly.

Pupils from Kingsley Primary School took part in a Lifeguard and beach safety course at Seaton Carew. The youngsters are pictured with Lifeguards Jess Errington (left) and Sean Kelly.

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YOUNGSTERS spent the day at the beach on a school trip with a difference.

Children at eight primary schools in Hartlepool got the chance to visit Seaton Carew beach where they learned about the vital roles of a lifeguard.

The activity days, which are organised by Hartlepool Borough Council, have been held for the past four years and bosses say they always prove popular.

As well as discovering what a lifeguard does from day to day, the event also aims to raise awareness of beach safety, educating children on what they should and shouldn’t do on the beach.

Debbie Kershaw, the council’s quality and safety officer, said: “We do this every year and the feedback from the schools is always brilliant.

“The children find out about the roles of the lifeguard and also learn the importance of making sure they are safe on the beach.

“The main message we try to get across is if the children are going to go in the sea, they should do it near to where a lifeguard is stationed.”

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Kingsley Primary School, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Springwell Primary School, Lynnfield Primary School, St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School, Golden Flatts Primary School, Eldon Grove Primary School and West Park Primary School, all in Hartlepool, enjoyed the activities at the beach.

Debbie added: “The attitude of all of the children was absolutely fantastic.

“They were a pleasure to work with and hopefully they found it extremely useful.”