The free outdoor swimming and water safety programme, Swim Safe for Schools, is returning to beaches, lakes and sea pools across the UK.
The sessions take place before the summer holidays get into full swing, giving Key Stage two and three pupils the chance to learn a vital, life saving skill whilst having fun at the same time.
School sessions will be running in nine locations, including the Lake District, Jersey, Bournemouth, Wales, Penzance, Durham, the Isles of Scilly and two locations in Plymouth.
Swim Safe began in 2013 when the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) joined together to teach young people the skills of staying safe in open water. You can find out more about the Swim Safe project here.
Swim Safe for Schools sessions are interactive and engaging, but also provide practical advice and guidance for keeping safe in and around open water. Each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard and in-water tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with t-shirt are given to each child.
The programme is great for schools, as it gives pupils a free day trip, while also contributing to the national curriculum attainment outcome of giving children the opportunity to swim in different aquatic environments. The programme will provide them with the skills to perform safe self-rescue in those environments.
Sue Little, Head Teacher at Low Furness CE Primary School in Ulverston said: ‘We brought all our Key Stage 2 children along to a Swim Safe For Schools session at Brockhole in the Lake District last summer. The children and staff absolutely loved their Swim Safe session.
“Not only did they all have a fantastic time, but they also learnt some very valuable skills about how to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors, especially important just before the summer holidays.
‘The Swim Safe staff catered brilliantly for our children with disabilities and were very encouraging to the nervous among us, ensuring that every child participated.
“I’d definitely encourage any schools local to a Swim Safe area to take advantage of this brilliant, free opportunity. We shall certainly be back this year.”