The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) will receive the Partnerships Award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards (APA) for their part in the joint delivery of an innovative free programme to equip children with the skills to swim safely in open water.
The Swim Safe programme is designed to deliver hands-on open water swimming and safety advice to children through lessons with ASA-qualified swimming teachers, as well as water safety sessions with RNLI lifeguards.
While swimming in a pool is a great way of building confidence and technique, open water swimming comes with its own challenges and dangers. These free sessions for children aged 7-14 will equip them with the techniques and confidence to stay safe in the sea, in lakes and in rivers.
Over 6,000 children have learnt about safe swimming in open water in the last two years of the campaign, and the 2015 programme is expected to reach over 12,500 young people.
Pip Hare, Community Safety Product Manager, said: ‘The ASA and the RNLI share the same vision that every child should have access to a scheme like Swim Safe. ASA and RNLI teachers, lifeguards and volunteers have effectively worked alongside each other over the last two summers to deliver a fantastic programme to keep children safe in and around open water.
‘It would not have been possible to deliver Swim Safe without our partnership with the ASA, they have been an exemplary partner at every stage of the Swim Safe planning and delivery.’
The ASA also sits on the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) and is working closely with the RNLI to help align water safety programmes and safety messaging across the UK which will help the RNLI to achieve their target of reducing coastal drownings by 50%.
Adam Paker, ASA Chief Executive, said: ‘We are immensely proud of our ongoing work with the RNLI, and to have received this Partnership Award today.
‘Swim Safe is an incredibly important campaign that each year teaches thousands of young people how to be safe in and around open water. Our work with the NWSF underlines our shared desire to prevent unnecessary deaths by stressing the importance of essential water safety awareness in young people and their parents.
‘This Award is testament to the hard work and commitment of both organisations and we look forward to continuing our work together.’
A new project that will see the rollout of dementia friendly swimming sessions across the City has been launched on (21st May) at East Manchester Leisure Centre.
Spearheaded by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) in partnership with Manchester City Council and supported by GLL, the Dementia Friendly Swimming Project aims to create a network of pools that will enhance the swimming experience of those living with dementia and their carers.
Through the Fund there will be 49 cash awards over a five month period to sports individuals, projects and clubs.
Does your club have an outstanding Welfare Officer?
Has someone gone the extra mile in helping to safeguard young people? If so, why not nominate them for a Safeguarding Stars award?
Nominations are now open for the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Safeguarding Stars awards, with this year’s focus on individuals identified as making a significant contribution to safeguarding children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.
The ASA are now recruiting for both our National Youth Forum and our National Volunteer Forum. If you’re confident, passionate and have a desire to make a difference to the aquatic volunteering world, then this could be the ideal opportunity for you!
The National Youth Forum and the National Volunteer Forum are groups of proactive volunteers from across the country who come together to feed into the ASA Volunteer Engagement Team. The Forums allow for relevant and rewarding programmes, resources and opportunities to be devised for volunteers, creating a greater feeling of ownership and therefore helping to retain our volunteers in aquatics.
The ASA and the RNLI are looking for volunteers and swimming teachers to deliver Swim Safe 2015 at a number of locations across the UK including Boscombe this summer.
This is the third successive year that Swim Safe has run across the UK’s beaches and lakes, with the 2013/14 programme seeing over 6,000 children take part and learn how to be safe in different water environments.
The programme offers free improver swimming sessions and beach and water safety advice for children aged 7-14. Most young people learn to swim in an indoor pool which is a safe and familiar environment.
Check out the Swim Safe volunteering video below:
The qualifying window for the British Summer Swimming Championships and associated home nation summer competitions will open on Friday 13th March.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance are now accepting nominations for their annual awards, which recognise recreational organisations, bodies and clubs for the work they do in their communities – and there are cash prizes up for grabs!
Category award winners will receive a cheque for £1,000 while the overall winner will receive a prize of £2,500.
The ASA announces a brand new awards cermony: The ASA Aquatics Awards 2015.