The public Swim Safe sessions run from Saturday 10 August to Monday 12 August this summer. Swim Safe teaches children aged 7-14 important lessons about water safety.
Swim Safe is being hosted at 38 locations this year, on the coast and in-land, with this year being the first time the sessions have been held at Tywyn beach.
Swim Safe instructors will deliver water safety lessons to children aged 7-14 so that if they find themselves, or anyone else in danger, they know how to react. Children at the sessions will be watched over by RNLI lifeguards, qualified instructors and volunteers.
All the kit needed to take part, including wetsuits, swim hats and flotation equipment, is provided for each child during the sessions. Children only need to bring their swimsuit and a towel. Each session gives children:
· Up to 30 minutes of practical, in-water tuition led by qualified instructors
· Essential open water safety advice.
Alice Beetlestone, Swim Safe Coordinator said, 'Swimming in open water is very different to swimming in a pool, where conditions can be controlled, therefore it's so important to teach children about water safety.
'Swim Safe instructors, assisted by RNLI lifeguards, teach children how to respect the water whilst enjoying it too.'
Public Swim Safe sessions at Tywyn beach are now available to book online. Members of the public can book on to any of the free Swim Safe sessions for free visiting swimsafe.org.uk/locations.
The Tywyn Swim Safe sessions are being delivered by RNLI Community Support Officers and will take place near the Victorian Shelter, Marine Parade, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 0DE.
The Swim Safe programme aims to support the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy’s aim of reducing accidental drowning by 50 per cent by 2026, to which Swim Wales and the RNLI are committed as members of the National Water Safety Forum.
RNLI Media Contacts
For more information contact Katie Lewis, Media Engagement Placement, at Katie_lewis@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Mike Carhart-Harris, Public Relations Manager (Campaigns), RNLI, on 01202 663168 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
Swim Safe Public Sessions will be held at these locations on the following dates:
Worcester: 3/4/10/11 August.
Tywyn Beach: 10-12 August.
Cardiff: 11/18/25 August.
Criccieth: 23-25 August.
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 a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme spanning the UK. More than 20,000 children took part in a Swim Safe session across 29 locations in 2018.
This summer, Swim Safe is coming to 38 beach and inland water locations across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. It is being delivered in partnership with Swim Wales and a range of local delivery partners.
Find out more at swimsafe.org.uk
About Swim Wales
Swim Wales is the National Governing Body for Aquatics in Wales. We aim to support a Nation to become aquatically active. For more information please visit swimwales.org
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.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.