Swim Safe sessions are in full swing

Swim Safe is off to a great start, with our first sessions taking place at the end of May in our new location at Groomsport Beach in Northern Ireland, and with some more sessions last week at Tinside Lido in Plymouth.

The sessions at Groomsport Beach ran between 30 May and 2 June and 101 children took part in learning important water safety messages, such as learning to float – a message which is part of this year’s Respect the Water campaign – and how to enter the water safely.

Jenny Thompson, Lifeguard Supervisor at Groomsport Beach said:

‘It’s been fantastic to run our first Swim Safe sessions for school children in Northern Ireland here on Groomsport Beach. The children have had a brilliant time and learnt about the differences between swimming outdoors as compared to swimming in a pool as well as what to do if they get into trouble. We’re really looking forward to welcoming more children to our public sessions on 17 July.’

This year there are Swim Safe sessions at over 20 sites across the UK and Ireland, including at beaches, lakes, reservoirs and other inland locations, and it’s the first time that Swim Safe will be at sites in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

A quick reminder – what is Swim Safe?

Swim Safe is our national outdoor swimming programme which teaches children aged 7-14 how to stay safe in open water. It was created in 2013 by the RNLI and Swim England (formerly called the Amateur Swimming Association), the national governing body for swimming in England, and is now being delivered with Swim England, Swim Wales and Scottish Swimming.

The sessions are free and last for one hour, they are run by qualified swimming teachers and lifeguards, and supported by a team of trained volunteers. Children attending the sessions must be able to swim at least 25 metres to take part.

How can you get involved this year?

Are you enthusiastic and have a passion for helping children to learn about water safety? If so, then we’d love for you to help us by volunteering at a local Swim Safe session this summer.

Swim Safe relies on volunteers to help with sessions across the country in a range of roles from greeting and registering the children, distributing their kit and handing out safety messaging.

If you’d like to volunteer or find out more, then please email swimsafe@swimming.org for a registration form.

Jon Glenn, Learn to Swim Director at Swim England, said:

‘We are incredibly proud of Swim Safe and the thousands of children who have so far had the opportunity to learn how to enjoy swimming outdoors safely. Each year the programme is able to expand further thanks to the commitment and support of our partners and volunteers.’

Finding your nearest session

Please spread the word about Swim Safe and sign up your children or other children you know to take part in a session near them this summer. To find your nearest session or to book a place, please visit swimsafe.org.uk.

Have a look at our video to see what our Swim Safe sessions look like.