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Swim Safe 2014 - take part, have fun, stay safe

Swim Safe is returning again this summer to three locations across the UK in an effort to help children become safe in and around open water.

The ASA, England’s national governing body for swimming, and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, are taking to Britain’s beaches to provide a unique opportunity for all children aged 7-14 years old to learn the importance of beach safety.

While swimming in a pool is a great way of building confidence and technique, open water has its own challenges and dangers that young people should be made aware of.

Two thirds of incidents the RNLI respond to on some of the UK’s busiest beaches involve children.

According to research by the ASA, 10% of parents in England say their child only swims while on holiday, so it will come as no surprise to learn that two thirds of incidents the RNLI respond to on some of the UK’s busiest beaches involve children.

Swim Safe will run during the 2014 Summer Holiday at Bude, Bournemouth and South Shields and will run 6 days a week during the period. Each session will include a 10 minute talk with RNLI lifeguards and 30 minutes in-water tuition from ASA qualified swimming teachers.

Children must be aged between 7-14 years old and be able to swim a minimum of 25m unaided to take part.

Exact start and finish dates at each location will be confirmed in the coming weeks.