Swim Safe, a national programme offering free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14, has returned to Windermere this summer.

 

School Swim Safe sessions are taking place at Rayrigg Meadow until 7 July, ahead of the public sessions which run from 25 July until 5 August.

Swim Safe sessions teach children aged 7-14 how to stay safe when swimming outdoors, which is often more challenging than swimming in a pool. The programme was created jointly by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the charity that saves lives at sea.

The hour-long Swim Safe sessions are run by qualified swimming teachers and qualified lifeguards, supported by a team of trained volunteers. The first 20 minutes covers land-based safety and then it is into the water for practical tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with a t-shirt are all provided. Children must be able to swim at least 25 metres to take part.

To book a free Swim Session, visit swimsafe.org.uk then share your experience using #SwimSafe and at Facebook.com/SwimSafeOutdoors

Caroline Smith, Swim Safe Co-ordinator, for Windermere says: ‘Children love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is more challenging than swimming in a pool where most lessons take place. Swim Safe helps children learn to keep safe when swimming outdoors, so they know what do if they get into trouble. And because Swim Safe sessions are free and fun, they are a great activity for children aged 7–14 who live or are holidaying in Windermere.’

Since Swim Safe started in 2013 (with just one site in Bude), over 18,000 sessions have taken place across the country. Now in its fifth year, the programme continues to grow and in 2017, Swim Safe sessions will take place at 20 sites across the UK including beaches, lakes, reservoirs and other inland locations.

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The photograph shows school pupils taking part in a Swim Safe session last year at Windermere. Credit: Naik Media.