More than a hundred children and their parents were given tips on beach safety and life-saving skills at an event organised by Abu Dhabi Municipality.
UAE children head to the beach to pick up life-saving skills
ABU DHABI // Family Beach was the scene for 120 children to learn life-saving safety and swimming skills this week.
The children, aged between 7 and 12, and their parents were given tips on beach safety to protect themselves and assist others.
The two-day event, organised by Abu Dhabi Municipality, also gave them the chance to try out kayaking and featured games related to beach safety and life-saving skills.
Participants were divided into two groups based on their swimming and running abilities before competing in beach relays, learning the principles of first aid and beach rescue, and making sandcastles before being put through a series of warm-up stretches.
"Our aim is to embed in this age bracket the skills of swimming, lifeguard and safety at beaches," said Abdullah Al Junaibi, director of community services of the municipality.
"The event met all our objectives. At least children have learnt that the chequered yellow-and-red flag means that the area is safe and the visitor can swim, but flying the yellow flag only means that swimming is cautiously allowed."