The return of Swim Safe to Plymouth follows a successful pilot at Tinside Lido last year which taught almost 700 children how to stay safe in or near open water. Practical, interactive, educational and fun, each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard and 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 Plymouth this summer holiday.
Last year RNLI lifeguards aided 11,297 people on beaches in South Devon, saving 11 lives. 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.
Jess Hogben, Swim Safe Coordinator for the programme in Plymouth said: ‘There are all sorts of environmental factors to consider when you’re swimming outdoors, and it’s important that children know how to call for help if they get into trouble.
‘We’re really looking forward to running a larger programme in Plymouth this year. We’ve got enough spaces for a total of 2,000 young people to come and learn some really important life skills.’
Swim Safe is a growing programme which is also 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, Poole, Scarborough, Jersey, the Isles of Scilly, the Lake District and South Shields.
Parents can book their children onto a Swim Safe session in advance at www.swimming.org/SwimSafe or simply come along on the day.