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ASA and RNLI help children to Swim Safe

01 August 2013

The ASA and RNLI have launched Swim Safe – a swimming and beach safety initiative for children – being piloted in Bude.

  • It is the first initiative of its type, run by the ASA and RNLI, and aims to give children visiting the coast an opportunity to understand and learn the about the differences between swimming in a pool and the challenges of swimming in an open water environment.
  • It will also encourage the parents and guardians of children at the beach to consider the differences and risk of pool swimming and swimming at the coast.
  • Each year, children account for around two-thirds of incidents RNLI lifeguards respond to on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.
  • More than three thousand spots available for children aged 7 – 14 years until 30th August.

An initiative has launched in Bude, which will provide thousands of children with the opportunity to learn about how to stay safe this summer in and around the sea.

Swim Safe is being run by the ASA, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The two organisations are teaming up for the first time to give young people the opportunity to improve their swimming skills away from an indoor pool environment and learn about beach safety.

Visitors and local children are being encouraged to sign up to the 40-minute sessions that are completely free and include in-water tuition in a structured improver swimming lesson with accredited ASA teachers in Bude Sea Pool, and beach safety advice from RNLI lifeguards.

It will run six days a week (except Saturday) until 30th August and will be open to both visitors and local children who are able to swim at least 25 metres unaided.  Season times are available at swimming.org/swimsafe.

Bookings can be made at Bude Sea Pool on the day or by calling 07760 991029 (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5pm) to book a spot in advance.   

Jon Glenn, ASA Head of Youth & Community said, “We know that once children learn to swim it is important for them to continue developing their competence and confidence in the water. Swim Safe will provide a fantastic opportunity for children to take part in a fun and enjoyable session that will improve their swimming skills in a different aquatic environment, whilst also learning about how to stay safe on the beach this summer”.

Will Stephens, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said, “The aim of Swim Safe is to improve children’s swimming abilities and their confidence in the sea, which is a very different environment to a pool. RNLI lifeguards will also be helping them understand how they can keep safe at the seaside.

"Children account for around two-thirds of incidents the charity’s lifeguards respond to each season. We’re hoping this programme will equip children with valuable knowledge and skills so they can have fun but stay safe in and around the sea.”

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