Water Savvy Fun Day 2018
Families across Kent, Sussex and further afield are invited to come along to a Water Savvy Fun Day on Saturday, 16 June, at Bewl Water. Lots of people don't tend to think of firefighters when it comes to water rescue and water safety, but it's a major focus for Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS), with whom we've teamed up to bring you this family friendly event. Entry is free, but standard Bewl Water parking charges apply (£3). Dogs are welcome, but need to be kept on a lead in the main event areas.
Come and meet one of the Splashpals Newfoundland dogs
Live demonstrations will be taking place on the water throughout the day:
10.30am: Splashpals display - See huge Newfoundland dogs in action, rescuing people from the water. After their display they'll be sticking around for a meet and greet! Come along for cuddle with these gentle giants.
11.30am: Animal rescue demo - The Animal Rescue Unit from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will be giving a live demonstration of how they save large animals stuck in water or mud. See the impressive kit and machinery in action in the Water Savvy Village area.
12.30pm: Rescue exercise - Expert water rescue units from KFRS and ESFRS will be putting their skills into action to rescue someone 'stranded in the reservoir'. Bewl Water crosses the border between East Sussex and Kent, and therefore crews from both fire services will be working together to demonstrate rescue techniques.
1.30pm: Fire service challenge - Firefighters from Kent and East Sussex will be going head to head in a rescue race. Let's see which crew rescues their casualty from the water and gets back to land first - all on an inflatable raft! Who will you be cheering on?
There'll be fun activities happening between 10am - 2pm in the Water Savvy Village (lower car park), Water Savvy Arena (grass slope down to the water), and Water Savvy Kids' Zone (function room by the café). Hot and cold food and drink will be available to buy from The Waterfront Café.
Water Savvy Village
Climb aboard a fire engine and dress up in firefighting gear
Speak to the animal rescue unit and look at all the kit
Step into virtual reality and experience what it's like to be in trouble in water
Hook a duck
Pick up an activity sheet and play 'spot the duck'
Crazy golf - £2 per person or £6 for a family of 4
Bike hire - £11 per bike per hour
Water Savvy Arena
Climb aboard a water rescue boat
Have-a-go at using a throwline - a useful skill to have if you ever see someone in trouble in water and there's public rescue equipment nearby
Learn how to give CPR - an important skill that could help you to save a life
Meet and greet with the Splashpals Newfoundland dogs (from 11.30am)
Meet Buzz, KFRS' search and rescue puppy
Pedalo hire - £10 for 30 minutes, up to 4 people
Bewl Belle boat trips - £6 for adults, £4 for children, 40 minutes
Feel free to have a picnic in this area
Water Savvy Kids' Zone
Interactive water safety floor mats
Face painting (£3-£4), glitter tattoos (£3-£4), hair feathers (£4 for one feather, or £6 for two)