WOMEN on Brighton Beach were given a lesson on water confidence.

The Women in Waves initiative aims to teach women the basics of surf safety.

On Saturday, 50 women from across Sussex took part in the session, organised by Surf Life Saving GB and sponsored by cottages4you.

Phillipa Kilby, Sussex regional manager for cottages4you, who attended the event, said: “It was great fun with lots of different activities to try.

“Everyone started off quite nervous but by the end we didn’t want to come out of the water.”

The Women in Waves initiative is a nationwide programme touring the country. Women attending the event are given the chance to learn surf swimming techniques and try surf lifesaving sports.

Tracey Lark, Women in Waves coordinator, said: “At Surf Life Saving GB we are committed to providing more opportunities to spread vital surf and beach safety messages so we can make the seaside environment more enjoyable for everyone.”

Surf Life Saving GB is a charity of over 6,000 volunteers who aim to make beaches a safer and more enjoyable place for everyone. For more information visit slsgb.org.uk