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Water safety sign at Buccleuch Dock, Barrow

Following the success of last year's event, Associated British Ports (ABP) is proud to announce the return of Water Safety Day at the Port of Barrow. This educational event, aimed at primary school children, focuses on teaching life-saving skills crucial for staying safe around water, especially as warmer weather approaches and the temptation to swim grows stronger.

Taking place at Town Quay next to Morrisons on Friday 17 May, nearly 200 children from four local schools will participate in this event organised by ABP's Port of Barrow in collaboration with Love Barrow Families. The initiative aims to raise awareness about the dangers of swimming in areas such as Buccleuch Dock, emphasising the importance of water safety education from an early age.

The Water Safety Day will feature a range of activities and demonstrations conducted by professionals from HM Coastguard, Furness Casualty’s Union, Duddon Canoe Club, North West Blood Bikes, Barrow Sea Cadets, Furness Diving Club, The RNLI, Cumbria Fire Service and Duddon Inshore Rescue. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn life-saving advice, witness first-aid and casualty demonstrations, and be instructed on the proper use of water rescue safety equipment. One of the highlights of the day will be the ABP pilot boat conducting water safety demonstrations and a Man Overboard Recovery exercise.

Schools can attend from 10:00am to 3pm, with the general public able to attend between 3pm and 4pm

Bryan Davies, Divisional Port Manager said: "We are thrilled to once again host Water Safety Day at the Port of Barrow. ABP is committed to raising awareness around the important issue of water safety, and by hosting this event we aim to provide children with essential life-saving skills and knowledge about water safety.

“Especially in hot weather it can be tempting to swim in docks, like those at Town Quay, however docks are not a safe place to swim. Apart from being industrial centres, they pose danger due to steep walls, which make it difficult to escape.  

“This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our partner organisations and the dedication of all who are involved in promoting water safety."