Kyra Bowman, Online News editor, reports on FalSurf’s first ever Surf and Water safety talk, happening today at 4pm in DDM Lecture A
As many of you will have heard by now, over the summer one of our fellow students, Bryony Freestone, drowned whilst swimming off the coast of Koh Chang, Thailand. Her death is an awful reminder of how dangerous the sea can be, and in light of this tragedy FalSurf have organised their first ever Surf and Water safety talk by theRoyal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which will take place on campus on the 20th of September, at 4:00 PM in DDM Lecture A.
It’s a talk that’s relevant to every student, even those who don’t intend to go in the sea; the majority of drowning victims in 2015 didn’t either. Mark Priem and Lewis Timpson, RNLI North Coast Lifeguard Supervisors who will be delivering the talk, aim to inform students about safety in and around the sea. They are eager to have as wide an audience as possible at this event, as the majority of students fall in the demographic most likely to need rescuing by the RNLI (young adults, aged 15-24). It is especially important that they reach out to students, rather than just young people in general, as many students have not grown up by the sea, and whilst some sea safety tips may seem obvious (for example, don’t drink heavily and then try your hand at sea swimming), some things, such as how to spot rip tides, will be new and crucial information for many.