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Help children Swim Safe with free water safety sessions on Fenella Beach in Peel

Lifeboats News Release

Children aged 7–14 on the Isle of Man will be able to learn vital water safety skills for free, as Swim England and the RNLI’s Swim Safe programme returns to Fenella Beach in Peel this summer.

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Swim Safe

The fun, hour-long sessions teach young people how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water.

Swim England and the RNLI have partnered with Peel RNLI to run free Swim Safe sessions from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August.

Parents and carers can book their child’s free place now at https://swimsafe.org.uk/locations/isleofman

To take part, children must be aged between 7 and 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided.

The sessions are run by qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards, supported by a team of volunteers and give children:

· Up to 30 minutes of practical, in-water tuition led by qualified instructors

· Essential open water safety advice

· A free Swim Safe goody bag take home

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 swim suit and a towel.

Dawn Marshal, Delivery Partner spokesperson and site coordinator says:

‘Children love swimming outdoors, but it’s very different to swimming in a pool, where most children learn to swim.

‘It’s essential children learn about open water safety – where it is safe to swim, how to stay safe and what to do if they get into difficulty in the water.

‘We want all children to have access to this training, so all Swim Safe sessions are funded by the RNLI and Swim England partnership and so are completely free of charge.’

The programme aims to support the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy’s aim of reducing accidental drowning by 50 per cent by 2026, to which Swim England and the RNLI are committed as members of the National Water Safety Forum.

For more information about Swim Safe, visit swimsafe.org.uk

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