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Hundreds of kids make a splash at Swim Safe in Bude

Lifeboats News Release

Hundreds of children have been taking part in Swim Safe, a free programme of outdoor swimming and safety lessons, at Bude this summer.

The programme, which is delivered in partnership between the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI charity (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), teaches children between the ages of 7-14 how to stay safe in open water.

Now in its fourth year, the sessions take place at Bude Sea Pool and Summerleaze beach on Tuesdays- Thursdays until 25 August.

Bill Williams, Site Coordinator for Swim Safe at Bude, says:

‘Children have been having a great time at the Swim Safe sessions this year. The programme teaches some really important life skills, such as techniques for swimming in open water and how to call for help if you get into trouble at the beach.

‘The sessions are practical, educational and fun which is why we have so many children taking part each year. Spaces for the last two weeks are filling up quickly, so I would encourage people to sign up in advance to avoid missing out.’

Since the programme started in 2013, more than 4,500 children have been taught how to stay safe in open water. Each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard, followed by in-water tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with t-shirt are all provided. 

Parents can book their children onto a Swim Safe session in advance at or simply come along on the day.


For more information please contact Chlӧe Smith, RNLI Press Officer on or call 07920 818807 or Emma Haines, RNLI PR Manager on or call 07786 668847.

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