SETTLE pool has been rewarded by the country's drowning prevention charity for providing more than 40 years of lifesaving swimming lessons.

Members of the pool committee were presented with the

Friends of the Society certificate by the Royal Life Saving Society UK in recognition of the work it does to champion the core aims of the charity.

It believes that the first defence against drowning is learning to swim and believes Settle Area Swimming Pool, based at the heart of its community, is an unparalleled resource for building confidence in the water, with its varied timetable of activities.

Presenting the certificate alongside Janet Wilson, RLSS UK’s Yorkshire Regional Ambassador was trustee Emma Davids.

She said: “It’s a real honour to be able to attend the presentation and the certificate is well-deserved.

“The work that goes into making the pool a resource that all community can benefit from is exemplary. I really hope they’ll be able to continue their fantastic work, well into the future.”

Patricia Taylor, chairperson of the swimming pool committee, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the Friends of the Society certificate. It’s real testament to the passion and dedication of everyone involved in the running and maintenance of the pool.

“I think the certificate cements a stronger relationship with RLSS UK as we share values, aspirations and a determination to see more people, of any age and ability, enjoy the water safely.”