WILD SWIMMING SAFETY COURSE

Pete Greening

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On a hot summer day, what could be more refreshing than slipping into the cool, clear waters of a hidden Cornish rockpool? And what could be more exciting than plunging into the cool waters of a secluded harbour or bay?

 

Our rivers, lakes and waterfalls, coves, caves and beaches, are cleaner, safer and more accessible than ever and the health benefits of wild swimming are drawing people in in their droves. 

It's because of its growth in popularity, accelerated in part due to pool opening restrictions implemented during the pandemic, that we have designed a wild swimming safety course.

 

The intention is to give its participants the basic knowledge needed to keep themselves and others with them safe during an open water swim. 

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WHAT'S COVERED

 

The course runs over 2 sessions covering firstly the theoretical elements associated with water safety and then in the second session we hit the water to learn the practical elements.

 

Due to covid restrictions across the UK, the theory session for our Wild Swimming Safety Course is taking place through an e-learning platform. Since March 2020 we have worked closely with governing bodies and experts to design and deliver many online training sessions and E-Learning for our Beach Lifeguard candidates with great success and excellent feedback.  The RLSS ( Royal Life Saving Society ) is recommending that all theory elements of their courses be delivered remotely.

 

The practical elements will take place a week later, or the next available date, depending on government restrictions.

 

Session One

 

The theory training includes: 

 

Learning about the beach environment, tides, waves, wind and rips. 

Planning a wild swimming trip

Essential Equipment

Safety and Rescue

 

Session Two

 

The practical training includes:

How to safely enter cold water

What to do if you get into difficulty

What to do if you see someone in difficulty

How to alert emergency series

How to self rescue

How to rescue someone else

How to escape a rip, with practice in a safe rip under the guidance of our fully qualified beach lifeguards.

How to treat hypothermia

Scenarios

 

When?

 

The next theory session will take place via Zoom on Friday the 13th of November. 

 

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PRICE AND BOOKING INFO

 

The total price for this course, theory and practical is £55.

For the theory only £10

Practical only £45

 

For the practical training, you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to satisfy our Covid protocols and a wetsuit is highly recommended. (If you need one we can supply, just make a note on the booking form along with your size.

 

Booking is easy, just fill in the form below and send with payment.

Booking Form

 

Payment details and full terms and conditions are included.

 

You will also need to fill this for track trace Covid requirements the day before your course.

Covid 19 Checklist

 

If you require any further info please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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