Kids learn how to Swim Safe for free in Cardiff this half term

Lifeguards News Release

Free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for 7­–­­­14-year-olds are returning to Cardiff from Tuesday 29 May.

Swim Safe session showing children in the sea

RNLI/Jon Keighren

Swim Safe

Cardiff International White Water Centre is offering free, hour-long Swim Safe sessions during half term and throughout the summer. Parents and carers can book their child’s free place now at www.swimsafe.org.uk.

Swim Safe helps children learn how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they get into trouble. The national programme is run by Swim England and the RNLI, supported by Swim Wales.

The sessions are delivered by qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards and supported by a team of volunteers.

Young people aged 7­–­­­14 can take part if they can swim at least 25 metres. Wetsuits and swim hats are provided and all children get a free goody bag and T-shirt.

Declan Ryan, Swim Safe coordinator for Cardiff, 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 www.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 with 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.

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For more information or interviews/filming opportunities, please contact: Jon Keighren, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07776 009999 / jon_keighren@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editors

About Swim Safe

Swim Safe was created by Swim England and the RNLI in 2013 to help children aged 7–14 stay safe while enjoying swimming outdoors.

From with a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme spanning the UK. More than 13,000 children took part in a Swim Safe session at 20 locations in 2017.

This summer, Swim Safe is coming to 29 venues across England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It is being delivered in partnership with Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales, alongside a range of local delivery partners.

Swim Safe’s goal is for all children in the UK and Ireland to grow up with the skills to stay safe in and around the open water. Find out more at www.swimsafe.org.uk.

About Swim England

Formally known as the Amateur Swimming Association, Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. It helps people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all aquatic sports.

Swim England’s vision is of a nation swimming and it strives to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. Each month millions of people are able to enjoy swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming, having been through the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme.

Swim England also supports its members, clubs and athletes, and runs qualification and education programmes to develop the workforce. For more information, visit www.swimming.org/swimengland.

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Swim Safe

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