Help children learn how to Swim Safe on the Isle of Man for free this summer
Free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for 7¬–¬¬¬14-year-olds are returning to the Isle of Man this summer.
Swim Safe, the national programme created by Swim England and the RNLI, teaches children how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they get into trouble.
The 60-minute sessions are run by qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards and supported by a team of volunteers.
This summer’s Swim Safe sessions are being held at Fenella Beach in Peel between 30 July and 3 August. Parents and carers can book their child’s free place now at swimsafe.org.uk.
Children aged 7–14 who can swim at least 25 metres can take part. Wetsuits and swim hats will be provided for the session and all young people will get a free goody bag and T-shirt.
Dawn Marshall, Swim Safe coordinator for the Isle of Man, says: ‘Children love swimming outdoors, but swimming in the sea, rivers or lakes is very different to swimming in a pool, where most children learn.
‘Swim Safe is a free, fun activity that teaches kids lifelong skills that will help them enjoy open water safely.
‘Parents and carers are welcome to stay during the session to find out more about making sure their children are safe at the beach and by the water.
‘Places are free to book at swimsafe.org.uk and children only need to bring their swim suit and a towel.’
Swim England and the RNLI launched Swim Safe in 2013 at a single venue in Cornwall. Now in its sixth year, Swim Safe has grown to include 29 locations across the UK hosting sessions for the public and local schools.
The sessions are delivered by local partners, including community groups, leisure providers, local councils and RNLI lifeguard teams. The delivery partner for the Isle of Man is the Western Swimming Pool and RNLI.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.