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Diss pupils get free lesson in water safety

PUBLISHED: 12:08 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 03 July 2018

Pupils taking part in a free session. Picture: South Norfolk Council

Pupils taking part in a free session. Picture: South Norfolk Council

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Hundreds of youngsters have been given a lesson in water safety as part of the Royal Lifesaving Society’s drowning prevention week.

South Norfolk Council gave school children from Diss and surrounding villages the lessons at Diss Leisure Centre.

The sessions included educational fun and have been run by the council’s experienced Swim Teachers.

They covered vital survival and lifesaving skills, such as being able to float, tread water and the ability to recognise hazards and signs in and around open water.

South Norfolk Council’s cabinet member councillor Yvonne Bendle said: “With the Summer holidays coming up, it’s an ideal time for the children to learn these important lessons, which may one day save their life.”

Fifty children from Diss Church of England Junior Academy School took part.

Teacher Christina Newton said: “I think it’s brilliant what the council are doing, and as well as learning a great deal, the children have really enjoyed themselves.”

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