Free CPR training will soon be available.

A grant of almost £1,700 to Seaford Lifeguards means they can now offer training to the local community.

The grant was awarded by South East Water’s Community Chest Fund and presented by Chris Lunn, head of health, safety and quality at South East Water, on Monday.

Mr Lunn said: “Seaford is home to the best lifeguard training facility in the UK and I’m delighted our Community Chest Fund has been able to support the lifeguards.

“They are a voluntary organisation making a huge difference to the waters around Seaford and I have no doubt lives will be saved as a result of the expertise to be gained from the new equipment.”

Seaford Lifeguards used the grant to purchase a device which measures the effectiveness of CPR technique as well as resuscitation mannequins which respond in a realistic way.

Volunteers will be taught techniques for performing CPR and clearing water from airways of people who have been underwater.

Seaford lifeguard Christopher Payne said: “South East Water’s generous grant means we can ensure our lifeguards are given quality life support education and training with the correct resources to instruct others to an exceptional standard.”

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