Whether by the sea, river or lake, the skills involved in keeping safe in open water are different to those in an indoor pool, where most swimming lessons take place.
That’s why the ASA, the national governing body for swimming in England and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, want to tell you about Swim Safe.
Swim Safe is an annual programme of improver swimming tuition and water safety sessions for all 7–14-year-olds at beaches and lakes across England. And the best thing about Swim Safe is that it is FREE to attend.
Swim Safe provides the opportunity for children to enjoy a fun, structured swimming session at a choice of open water locations – and learn all about how to stay safe.
- Beach safety advice provided by RNLI lifeguards
- Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with ASA accredited swimming teachers.
Who can attend?
- Children aged between 7-14 years. They must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres to take part.
In 2015, the programme saw the introduction of the SwimSafe for Schools programme which provided schools with an opportunity to book sessions for whole classes.
This allowed large groups of children the chance to learn about the importance of water safety, the dangers of open water while having fun at the same time.
Both SwimSafe and SwimSafe for Schools saw around 5,800 children over the summer in 2015, and as a result the programme was extended to 14 locations in 2016.