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Banff & District Community Safety Group supports water safety project

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Water safety lessons in Banff Pool
Robbie Robinson, chairman of Banff and District Community Safety Group, pool attendant Ruth Hepburn and Coastguard watch officer Ann Young watch the childrens' progress.
Photo: The Banffshire Journal

Youngsters in Banff and the surrounding area are getting the message on how to stay safe at the seaside.

The Sea Smart water safety project is aimed at primary seven pupils to help reduce water-related accidents at sea or by rivers. Children from schools in the Banff area have attended sessions at the Banff indoor pool.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency in conjunction with the Banff & District Community Safety Group is involved with the project.

Coastguard Ian Fairbairn said:

"We try to teach the youngsters to stay off rocks and away from cliffs and not get cut off by tides and other safety information.

"The idea is to point out the risks involved and try to reduce them."

In addition to safety tips from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, pool staff provided practical safety lessons in the water.

Children from Whitehills, Ordiquhill, Aberchirder, Portsoy, Fordyce, Bracoden and Banff have benefited from the advice at the Banff pool.

The safety project was piloted at Banff in 2002 and has been successful throughout Aberdeenshire over the last two years.

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