Drowning is among the largest causes of accidental death. Every year, RNLI lifeguards race to the rescue of children and adults who find themselves in difficulty in and near open water.
In 2013, Swim England (the national governing body for swimming in England) and the RNLI (the charity that saves lives at sea) launched Swim Safe to help children learn how to stay safe in and around open water before they might need to be rescued.
The sessions teach children aged 7–14 where it’s safe to swim outdoors, what to do if they or someone else get in trouble in open water and gives them the opportunity to practice self rescue skills like floating, treading water and calling for help. Children can attend the free water safety sessions at various locations across the country.
Since launching with a single site in 2013, Swim Safe has grown to include more than 40 local delivery partners across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
To enable us to continue to offer Swim Safe sessions for free in 2020 and beyond, we need your donations. You can do this by donating below or fundraising for this fund. To find out more, click here.