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Swim Safe sessions are taking place at Bude. Credit RNLI
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5:08pm 17th July 2017

Bookings have opened in Penzance for a scheme to help keep children safe in the water.

Swim Safe is a national programme that offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for kids.

It is returning to Penzance's Jubilee Pool again this August.

Booking has now opened for the sessions that teach children aged 7-14 how to stay safe when swimming outdoors, which is often more challenging than swimming in a pool.

Swim Safe helps children learn how to keep safe when swimming outdoors (Plymouth 2016)

The programme was created jointly by Swim England, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the charity that saves lives at sea.

The hour-long Swim Safe sessions are run by qualified swimming teachers and qualified lifeguards, supported by a team of trained volunteers.

The first 20 minutes covers land-based safety and then it is into the water for practical tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with a t-shirt are all provided.

Children must be able to swim at least 25 metres to take part.

Last year almost 300 children took part in Swim Safe sessions at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

This year, Swim Safe sessions will be held at the site on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout August.

 

To book a free Swim Session, visit swimsafe.org.uk then share your experience using #SwimSafe and at Facebook.com/SwimSafeOutdoors

Charlotte Francis Swim Safe Co-ordinator, for the south west, said: "Children love swimming outdoors - but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is more challenging than swimming in a pool where most lessons take place.

"Swim Safe helps children learn to keep safe when swimming outdoors, so they know what do if they get into trouble.

"And because Swim Safe sessions are free and fun, they are a great activity for children aged 7-14 who live or are holidaying in Penzance or the surrounding area."

Swim Safe is a national programme that offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children (Plymouth 2016)

Since Swim Safe started in 2013 (with just one site in Bude), over 18,000 sessions have taken place across the UK.

Now in its fifth year, the programme continues to grow and in 2017, Swim Safe sessions will take place at 20 sites across the UK including beaches, lakes, reservoirs and other inland locations.

Sessions are also running at other south west locations including Bude and Plymouth.

5:08pm 17th July 2017

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