Time for children to do their Baywatch bit as the beach season kicks off

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ANYONE who ever watched the exploits of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson on 90s hit show Baywatch and thought ‘I wish I could do that’ is in luck. Or rather their children are.

Eastbourne’s official summer beach season gets underway on May 1 and the town’s council is offering up training courses to any youngster who fancies following in the footsteps of Florida’s finest.

Parents are being encouraged to book their children onto the Tyro Lifeguard Course, with dates being planned on July 30 and 31 and another 13 dates throughout August to coincide with the school summer holidays.

Each session is three hours long, either in the morning (10-1pm) or afternoon (2-5pm) and is run by a qualified and experienced team of lifeguards. Topics covered include personal survival, beach rescue skills, essential beach safety and being safe in the sun.

To attend the course children must be able to swim 100 metres unaided and there are four levels, with each one running for a three hour session.

Level one is an introduction to the beach and sea, local hazards and flags. Level two includes basic first aid, sea rescues, radio calls and signals. Level three has more first aid (including basic life support), paddle board training, open water rescues and an introduction to the rescue boat and its uses. Level four teaches rescues from the boat (involving going out in the boat), advanced first aid (what to do in case of spinal injuries and open wounds) and challenge.

Each three hours session costs £18 or £60 for all four levels.

A spokesman for the organisers said, “The Tyro Lifeguard Course is a great way for parents to improve their child’s safety on the beach.

“Eastbourne’s beaches are a fantastic place for families over the summer, but unfortunately they are unpredictable and for that reason we want to make the environment as safe as possible for everyone.

“Our lifeguards do a fantastic job throughout the season, so it would be great to see them pass on their skills to our younger generations.”

For more information about Eastbourne’s lifeguard services and the courses available contact the Seafront Office on 01323 410611 or visit the website www.visiteastbourne.com.