Swim Safe event at Brockhole © Steven Barber/National Trust
Bookings are now open for Swim Safe, the FREE programme of outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children, which will be coming to Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre in Caernarfon this summer. The programme will be open to the public between 15 – 17 July and special sessions for school pupils will take place between 11– 14 July.The first year that Swim Safe has taken place in Wales, Swim Safe has so far taught over 11,600 children in the UK how to enjoy swimming outdoors safely. Practical, interactive, educational and fun, each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard and in-water tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with t-shirt are all provided.
Delivered in partnership between the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association), Swim Wales and the RNLI charity (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Swim Safe is perfect for families living near or visiting North Wales beaches this summer holiday.
Hope Filby, Swim Safe Coordinator at Plas Menai said: ‘There are all sorts of environmental factors to consider when you’re swimming outdoors, and it’s important that children know how to call for help if they get into trouble.
‘We’re really looking forward to bringing Swim Safe to Plas Menai this year. We’ve got enough spaces for a total of 600 young people to come and learn some really important life skills, and it’s completely free.
‘This will be the first time the Swim Safe scheme has come to Wales and we at Plas Menai are really excited to welcome the first children.
‘On Wednesday 13 July emergency services and other agencies are being invited along to Plas Menai to promote all aspects of safety in the outdoors alongside the childrens’ Swim Safe sessions.’
Swim Safe is a growing programme which is also taking place at several other locations across England and Wales this summer including the Bude, the Isle of Man, South Shields, Barry Island, Penzance, Poole, Scarborough, Jersey, the Isles of Scilly, the Lake District and two locations in Plymouth.
Parents can book their children onto a Swim Safe session now at www.Swimming.org/SwimSafe or simply come along on the day.
For more information please contact Chris Cousens on 07748 265 496 or 01745 585162 or by email on Chris_Cousens@RNLI.or.g.uk or call Joanna Dey, RNLI PR Officer (Campaigns), on 01202 336064.
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Notes to Editors
About Swim Safe
Swim Safe began in 2013 and ran for five weeks in Bude, Cornwall, teaching local children and those holidaying in the area how to be safe in and around the sea. By 2015 the programme had expanded to Bude, Bournemouth, Sandhaven, the Lake District, the Isle of Man, Plymouth and Jersey and included the introduction of Swim Safe For Schools. This year the programme will be delivered in over 13 locations with thousands of places available. For more information visit www.swimming.org/swimsafe
About the ASA
The ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) is the English national governing body for swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo. It organises competitions throughout England, establishes the laws of the sport, and operates a comprehensive certification and education programmes for teachers, coaches and officials. There are over 1,000 affiliated swimming clubs which are supported by the ASA through a national, regional and county structure. Millions of children have been taught to swim through the ASA’s learn to swim programmes. The ASA also develops programmes and initiatives to increase the number of people swimming more often. For more information visit: www.swimming.org/asa
About the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer crews provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,100 lifeguards on over 220 beaches around the UK and encourages families visiting the coast to always choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 141,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.