Swim Safe sessions are heading to West Bromwich this August

Lifeguards News Release

Swim Safe, an initiative set up by Swim England and the RNLI, will be held in West Bromwich across five dates in August.

RNLI/Eleri Roberts

Children practise important water safety skills

The sessions will take place in the picturesque Swan Pool in the Sandwell Valley Country Park on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th and 13th of August this summer. Swim Safe sessions are free, fun and interactive and teach children aged 7-14 important water safety skills.

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 West Bromwich 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 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:

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 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

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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