Children from Cornish schools get RNLI safety lessons

Children on a beach
Image caption Children aged between eight and 12 are taking part in the scheme at beaches including Bude and Fistral

Schoolchildren from across Cornwall are being taught how to stay safe at the beach by the RNLI.

Up to 1,700 children from 62 schools in Cornwall are taking part in the Hit the Surf scheme.

Lifeguards are teaching the children about beach hazards, what the different flags mean and about water and beach safety.

The RNLI said surfing and body boarding were two of the top causes of incidents dealt with by lifeguards.

RNLI divisional beach safety manager Dave Gorman said: "Body boarding is particularly popular with children so we want to make sure they have the right skills and knowledge to be able to enjoy themselves but keep safe at the same time.

"They're learning valuable safety advice, which we hope they'll remember if they visit the beach with their families during the summer."

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