We live right beside a loch and it honestly puts the fear of God into me at times. My children are 2, 5, 7 and 10, and they are pretty weak swimmers. Of course you teach children not to go near open water but what would happen if they did?
I didn't know this but the RNLI run FREE Swim Safe Lessons for children aged 7-14. They teach children about keeping safe in open water. Let's face it, swimming in a pool is very different than that of a sea, river, loch or lake.
ASA, the governing body for swimming in England, and the RNLI have teamed up to launch Swim Safe. Swim Safe is an annual programme of outdoor swimming and water safety sessions, held at beaches and lakes across UK locations. These sessions are completely FREE of charge which is fantastic.
As serious as the topic is, Swim Safe is a fun, structured swimming session at a choice of open water locations and will teach the kids how to stay safe.
Qualified lifeguards provide the beach safety advice and the ASA-accredited swimming teachers teach the kids water safety for up to 30 minutes, in the sea or lake.
Requirements: Children must be between 7-14 years and be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres to take part.
These Swim Safe sessions are being held at 14 locations, over July and August.
Last year, over 5000 children attended Swim Safe, so we recommend booking your child's place now.
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