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Water safety day at Tallink Spa – so that the summer can get under way safely!

22.03.2015

On 22 March, SEB Charity Fund, working together with the Volunteer Reserve Rescue Team and Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel, organised a Water Day for children staying at safe houses and substitute homes, the aim of which was to raise their awareness of water safety.

It was the eighth year in a row already that Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel had invited children from welfare institutions to celebrate its birthday with them. This year the water safety day was attended by children from 22 safe houses and substitute homes from across Estonia: from Tartu and Elva, Pärnu, Ida-Viru County, Tallinn, Haapsalu, Jõgeva and Rapla Counties, Põltsamaa and Harju County – a total of 185 bright-eyed visitors.

With the help of examples, both hands-on and playful, the spa provided information about the basic facts of water safety, children could try primary lifesaving equipment, and 50 children completed a wet swimming exercise, gaining an added incentive to further improve their swimming ability. Children found out why you have to wear a life jacket, how to rescue a drowned person by simply passing a towel, try resuscitation methods, and throw a lifebuoy.

Children liked the Jacuzzi pools, saunas, ice cream milkshakes and the outdoor pool very much. Some children who were more fearful of water received separate instruction in a smaller pool, privately practising how to float using a mattress. Children came away with presents and air mattresses from the fun and instructive birthday party.

During the Water Day, children learned useful tips and how to assess their swimming ability realistically. Quite a few children got over their fear of water, and everyone – both children and teachers – took away with them lots of useful knowledge about rescuing someone who is drowning. Every training day is very important, as it gets children thinking, while also encouraging, guiding and developing them, teachers pointed out.

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