Swim Safe this Summer
Every year, RNLI lifeguards race to the rescue of children and adults who find themselves in difficulty in and near the water. In 2013, Swim England and the RNLI launched Swim Safe to reach children with vital information before they might need to be rescued. Swim Safe teaches children aged 7-14 essential water safety skills through a fun session delivered by trained instructors. Children learn where is safe to swim, how to float, what to do if something goes wrong and how to call for help if someone else is in trouble.
Children get to enjoy a fun, structured swimming session and learn all about how to stay safe. The 60-minute session is run by qualified lifeguards and instructors, and includes:
Beach safety advice provided by qualified lifeguards on land.
Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with qualified instructors.
All the right kit for swimming outdoors (including swimming hats, wetsuits, and swimming aids).
Who can attend?
Swim Safe is open to children aged 7-14. To take part, they must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres. This is usually achieved around Learn to Swim Stage 4. A parent/carer must be present throughout the session (but does not have to join in).
To book a free session visit the website www.swimsafe.org.uk. Sessions run at both Sandhaven (South Shields) and Longsands (Tynemouth).
Swim Safe sessions are free!