Young people in Boston learn to be ‘waterwise’

Youngsters who took part in the police swimming safety course at Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, Boston. NA
Youngsters who took part in the police swimming safety course at Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, Boston. NA

YOUNGSTERS in Boston have been learning about swimming safely and the hazards of taking a quick dip in the borough’s waterways.

Lincolnshire Police joined forces with the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex to hold ‘waterwise’ safety sessions at the pool.

Pcso Naomi Newell said: “The aim of this session was to educate young people about the dangers and hazards involved with swimming in rivers and quarries, and to help them understand just how easily they can get into difficulties.

“They also had the opportunity to learn safety techniques to help them should they accidentally fall into a watercourse which, with the many ditches, dykes and drains surrounding our town, is really important.”

The sessions followed on from a Lincolnshire Police campaign on dangerous trespassing around Boston’s waterways last summer. It is a message the authority is keen to re-emphasize this year.

The young people, aged nine-15 all received free swimming vouchers and a certificate for taking part.