Bookings are now open for Swim Safe, the FREE programme of outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children, which will be coming to Sandbanks beach this summer.
The free public Swim Safe sessions take place between 30 July–18 August, while there are also sessions especially for schools between 4–15 July.
The Swim Safe programme has so far taught over 11,600 children in the UK how to safely enjoy swimming in outdoor environments. Practical, interactive, educational and fun, 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.
Delivered in partnership between the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI charity (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Swim Safe is perfect for families living in or visiting Poole this summer holiday.
Last year RNLI lifeguards aided 382 people on Poole beaches, rescuing 5 people from the water. While most of the incidents were minor, it’s important to remember that being in and around the sea is a very different environment to that of an indoor swimming pool.
Ashley Jones, Site Coordinator for Swim Safe at Sandbanks said: ‘There are all sorts of environmental factors to be aware of when you’re swimming in open water. It’s important that children know how to stay safe and call for help if they get into trouble.
‘We’re really looking forward to running Swim Safe for the first time on Sandbanks Beach this year. Our sessions will run every day except Fridays. We’ve got enough spaces for 2,700 young people to come and learn some really important life skills and we’d love to fill them.’
Mrs Sturgess whose son Zack took part in a session on nearby Bournemouth beach last year said: ‘My son absolutely loved his Swim Safe session on the beach last summer. Not only did it teach him some important skills, but he also had a fantastic time feeling confident in the water with the Swim Safe teachers.
‘I’d recommend any parent thinking of spending time at the beach this summer to register their child for a free session.’
Swim Safe is a growing programme which is taking place at several other locations across England and Wales this summer including Bude, the Isle of Man, Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre, Barry Island, Penzance, South Shields, Scarborough, Jersey, the Isles of Scilly, the Lake District and two locations in Plymouth.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
Learn more about the RNLI
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland