A ‘Baywatch’ style slow-motion beach run is being held to raise awareness of water safety.
Swim North East, that has swim schools across Tyneside, has organised the fun run from Tynemouth Longsands to Cullercoats beach and back on Sunday, June 28, as part of national Drowning Prevention Week.
The event will help to raise the awareness of the dangers of swimming at the beachPhil Groom, director of Swim North East
More than 50 people have already signed up to take part – all wearing iconic red and yellow lifeguard colours to stand out from the crowd.
Phil Groom, director of Swim North East, said: “We are keen to promote the importance of swimming safely.
“The event will help to raise the awareness of the dangers of swimming at the beach and we hope that our expertise in this area will highlight some ‘swim safe’ rules which are easy to follow.
“This time of year is particularly prevalent as people are about to jet off on holidays where there may be a pool or beach where they’ll go in the sea, so it’s really important that children and adults are aware of the dangers.
“We hope to see as many people at Longsands as possible and welcome anyone who wants to join in with the run, wearing their brightest red and yellow.”
The participants, who will raise cash for the Royal Lifesaving Society, will be made up of Swim North East instructors, families, RNLI lifeguards and members of the public.
The slow-motion run will begin at 2.30pm and end with a splash in the sea.
Phil, who set up Swim North East in 2006, added: “We want people to take something away from the day, maybe a hint or tip they were not aware of, or a danger they had not thought about. Then we can all work towards fewer cases of unnecessary drowning each year.”
The Baywatch themed run follows a week-long series of initiatives by Swim North East in support of national Drowning Prevention Week, run by the Royal Lifesaving Society.