Swim Safe

Every summer we help thousands of children stay safe on the beach through free Swim Safe sessions with the RNLI and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

What is Swim Safe?

Swim Safe is a free, fun and interactive session with fully qualified lifeguards and swimming instructors. 

The community-focused programme gives children aged 7-14 an opportunity to learn how to be safe in open water through free swimming tuition and water safety advice sessions.

The practical sessions take place in open water and teach young people the basic skills to stay safe in and around open water.

There are free Swim Safe sessions exclusively for schools as well as free public sessions for families to come along to.

A recent ASA study found that 52% of parents did not believe their child would be able to swim to safety if they got into difficulty in the water. At the RNLI, we respect the power of open water, but we believe it’s perfectly possible to enjoy the water safely. 

Most children learn to swim in an indoor pool, which is a safe and familiar environment. Swim Safe gives them the opportunity to test and improve their swimming ability in an open water environment.

I think Swim Safe is absolutely fantastic. It not only gives the children confidence in the water, it gives us as parents the confidence that they can swim safely and keep themselves and others safe in the water.

How to take part in a free Swim Safe session

Swim Safe takes place every summer at selected beaches and other open water locations across the UK and Ireland.

We’ll publish locations and dates for all sessions throughout summer 2017 here nearer the time when you’ll be able to sign up for a free Swim Safe session!