Swim Safe sessions are coming to Windermere this summer

Lifeguards News Release

Windermere's Outdoor Adventure Centre will host Swim Safe sessions for the public from the 23rd until the 27th of July this year.

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Children take part in a Swim Safe activity.

Swim safe sessions, organised by Swim England and the RNLI, are now in full swing and are being held in various locations around the UK. The free hour-long lessons teach children aged 7-14 important open water safety skills that they likely won’t learn in a swimming pool.

Swim Safe instructors will deliver water safety training 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.

Booking is now open online for children to attend Swim Safe sessions in Windermere.

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:

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

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