Swim Safe, an initiative set up by Swim Wales and the RNLI, will be held in Cardiff International White Water centre in Cardiff Bay over three dates in August. The public sessions will take place on 11, 18 and 25 August and are now available to book online.
Swim Safe instructors will deliver water safety lessons to young children, 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.
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.
Online booking for the sessions held in Cardiff is now open on the Swim Safe website.
Members of the public can book on to any of the free Swim Safe sessions for free visiting: swimsafe.org.uk/locations.
RNLI Media Contact
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:
Windermere: 23-27 July.
Tenby South Beach: 26 – 28 July.
Worcester: 27 July, 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 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 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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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
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