Swim England and Norton bring water safety to primary schools

Swim England has teamed up with Norton by Symantec to help children Swim Safe this summer.

Thanks to our partnership with Norton, the world’s leading online safety company, we have been able to send resources to all primary school in England to help teach pupils how to stay safe in the water.

This week, all primary schools will receive a Swim Safe schools toolkit. This includes helpful teaching tools and information about water safety.

These resources will support the great work that schools already do on water safety. The resources are also available to download here.

By providing the right knowledge and skills to primary school pupils, we can help to make sure children can stay safe in and around the water this summer.

Swim England CEO Jane Nickerson said: “Ensuring our young people know how to keep themselves safe in the water is vitally important.

“Swimming outdoors in the sea or in a lake is great fun, but it is very different to swimming in a pool. Our annual Swim Safe school sessions give thousands of young people the opportunity to learn about water safety. However, not all schools are able to take part in these practical sessions.

“It is fantastic that through our work with Norton we are able to provide all primary schools with these new water safety resources and help ensure all children learns these vital skills.”

Nick Shaw, Vice President of the Consumer Business Unit at Symantec, agrees. He said: “With the summer holidays fast approaching it is important that parents are equipped to keep children safe.

“From surfing online to surfing the waves, children get up to all sorts in summer. This is why we have partnered with Swim England and Swim Safe.”

About the Swim Safe programme

This initiative is part of the wider Swim Safe programme, which is now in its fifth year. The programme provides free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions over the summer holidays for 7-14 year olds.

Swim Safe was created in partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Over 15,000 young people have already been through the programme. This year the programme has expanded again, running at over 20 beach, lake and other inland water locations.

We are also encouraging schools to sign up to take part in a free, practical Swim Safe session this summer. Schools can find out more information by visiting swimsafe.org.uk.

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