Making waves in surf scheme

Hit the Surf RNLI safety programme'Primary School Children from Roos take part in first Bridlington beach "Hit the surf" safety programme.Learning how to get on the surfboard when it's in the sea 'Picture by Neil Silk  112615b'27/06/11

Hit the Surf RNLI safety programme'Primary School Children from Roos take part in first Bridlington beach "Hit the surf" safety programme.Learning how to get on the surfboard when it's in the sea 'Picture by Neil Silk 112615b'27/06/11

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LONG school holidays and hot weather can lead to a busy time for the RNLI, who have been using Bridlington beach to teach youngsters about safety at sea.

The charity’s lifeguards brought their ‘Hit the Surf’ scheme to the resort for the first time this week, and have been teaching groups of schoolchildren the basics of lifeguarding and beach safety.

Ben Mitchell, beach safety supervisor for the area, said that the programme had been a huge success in Bridlington.

“The children absolutely loved it,” he said.

“It’s great because they just think they’re having fun and splashing about, but it’s amazing just how much they are learning while they do it.

“Making it fun for them makes it easier for us to get our message across.”

The programme includes beach work on surfboards before the youngsters are taken out to sea to have a go at catching some waves.

They are also given the chance to have a go at being lifeguards, taking part in rescue role plays and learning how to deal with emergency situations.

Hit the Surf is a free scheme offered to schools by the RNLI.

It is run on beaches across the country and has already visited Scarborough and Whitby along the Yorkshire Coast, with Bridlington being the programme’s last week before it stops for the school summer holidays.