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Tenby South Beach hosts Swim Safe sessions over last July weekend

Lifeguards News Release

The RNLI and Swim Wales have partnered up to provide vital sea safety sessions for children aged 7-14 years old.

A group of children partake in a sea safety demonstration with pool-floats.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Swim Safe, run in partnership by the RNLI and Swim Wales is now in full swing after sessions started on Saturday 15 June. Children are taught vital water safety skills for free, as the Swim Safe programme will visit several locations across Wales this summer.

Children can attend Swim Safe sessions on Tenby South Beach on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 of July this summer. Booking for the sessions is now open online and is free of charge, just visit swimsafe.org.uk/locations.

The fun, free, hour-long sessions are run by qualified instructors, lifeguards and volunteers. Swim Safe teaches young people how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water.

Hope Filby, Swim Wales’ Swim Safe 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 Wales partnership and so are completely free of charge. To take part, children must be aged between 7 and 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided.’

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 a suitable pair of shoes 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 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.

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

RNLI Media Contact

For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Mike Carhart-Harris, Public Relations Manager (Campaigns), RNLI, on 01202 663168 / m_carhart-harris@rnli.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Swim Safe Public Sessions will be held at these locations on the following dates:

Plas Menai: 22-23 June

Tenby South Beach: 26 – 28 July

Tywyn Beach: 10-12 August.

Cardiff: 11/18/25 August.

Criccieth: 23-25 August.

Members of the public can book on to any of the free Swim Safe sessions for free visiting swimsafe.org.uk/locations.

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 20,000 children took part in a Swim Safe session across 29 locations in 2018.

This summer, Swim Safe is coming to 36 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

About the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity saves lives at sea. RNLI volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations. The charity’s seasonal lifeguards keep people safe throughout the summer on over 240 beaches, and dedicated flood rescue teams are ready to help those affected by flooding.

The RNLI is a charity and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving services.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824. But as well as rescuing people, the RNLI saves lives by influencing, supervising and educating people too. The Charity works internationally with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning around the world.

For more information, visit rnli.org.uk

Children and Swim Safe instructors on the beach.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Group of children are being taught at the red and yellow flagged section of the beach.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

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 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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