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Schoolchildren taught the importance of water safety

14 November 2017

Medway Council helped hundreds of schoolchildren learn about water safety as part of the Big School Swim.

The annual national event, organised by Swim England, highlights the importance of learning to swim.

The main focus of this year’s celebration was water safety and Medway Council’s Swim Academy instructors adapted their lesson plans for the whole week to teach children the importance of staying safe in the water.

More than 1,200 children took part in the Big Swim in swimming pools across Medway. They learnt different swimming techniques and how to swim using aids. Each child that took part received a Big School Swim certificate.

Medway Council is also encouraging residents to sign up for the Medway Big Splash which starts on Thursday, 18 January, with the Mini Youth Games swimming event and finishes on Tuesday, 23 January with the Disability Youth Games.

'Our Swim Academy is committed to keeping children safe'

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Our Swim Academy is committed to keeping children safe in the water and we were pleased to support this year’s Big School Swim. I would also encourage swimmers to sign up for next year’s Medway Big Splash. There are plenty of events for families to enjoy including public pool parties, aquatic taster sessions and a charity swimathon.”

'We had a fantastic afternoon celebrating the Big School Swim at Medway Park'

Swim England's Head of Learn to Swim Katie Towner said: “This is the second year we have organised the Big School Swim, and it was bigger and better than ever. Thousands of children had the opportunity to learn about the importance of swimming and had lots of fun in the process.

“We had a fantastic afternoon celebrating the Big School at Medway Park with Fairview School. The teachers, pupils and staff  really enjoyed themselves. They learned important water safety messages through a variety of games and activities during their swimming lesson. Well done to all those that took part, and everyone involved in making it such a special event.”

For more information, and to sign up for the Big Splash visit www.medway.gov.uk/bigsplash