Free-outdoor-swimming-lessons-for-kids-on-Lake-Windermere-with-Swim-Safe

Byline: Bring the kids down to Lake Windermere this August for free outdoor swimming lessons.
Page Content: Running between 18-24 August, Swim Safe teaches children aged 7-14 important safety and survival skills for swimming in open water, perfect skills to learn while holidaying in the Lakes. Plus there’s a free swimming hat and goody bag up for grabs!

Running for the first time on Lake Windermere this year, Swim Safe is the result of a partnership between The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the National Trust. Taking place at the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park and Low Wray Campsite, sessions comprise a 10-minute open-water safety lesson provided by RLSS UK lifeguards and up to 30 minutes of in-water tuition with ASA swimming teachers.

As part of a commitment by the RNLI and ASA to increase the number of children able to be safe in open-water around the UK, the purpose of Swim Safe is to teach children the difference between swimming in a pool and swimming in an outdoors environment.

Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA said: ‘Although many children learn to swim the basic 25 metres set out in the national curriculum in their local pool, open water situations have their own set of dangers and challenges which cannot necessarily be recreated during indoor lessons.

‘While pool swimming is important to help improve safety for our children in general, we often forget that many children swim most often while they are on holiday.’

Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: ‘Swim Safe is a fun interactive programme, giving children the chance to learn key safety messages and practice survival skills, under the watchful eye of qualified lifeguards and swimming teachers.

‘Following the success of last year’s inaugural programme in Cornwall, this year we’re growing Swim Safe to include more locations on the UK coast and inland. We are excited to bring the programme to the Lake District where an understanding of the dangers of swimming in open-water is just as important as on the coast.’

With over 8,000 children expected to take part across the country, the Swim Safe initiative is also running this summer at Bournemouth, Bude and South Shields. Lake Windermere is the latest location to be added to the programme.

Parents can view the full list of dates and session times at www.swimming.org/swimsafe. To book, parents can turn up on the day or call the booking number listed on the website. Children must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.

Byline: Bring the kids down to Lake Windermere this August for free outdoor swimming lessons.
Page Content: Running between 18-24 August, Swim Safe teaches children aged 7-14 important safety and survival skills for swimming in open water, perfect skills to learn while holidaying in the Lakes. Plus there’s a free swimming hat and goody bag up for grabs!

Running for the first time on Lake Windermere this year, Swim Safe is the result of a partnership between The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the National Trust. Taking place at the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park and Low Wray Campsite, sessions comprise a 10-minute open-water safety lesson provided by RLSS UK lifeguards and up to 30 minutes of in-water tuition with ASA swimming teachers.

As part of a commitment by the RNLI and ASA to increase the number of children able to be safe in open-water around the UK, the purpose of Swim Safe is to teach children the difference between swimming in a pool and swimming in an outdoors environment.

Jon Glenn, Head of Learn to Swim at the ASA said: ‘Although many children learn to swim the basic 25 metres set out in the national curriculum in their local pool, open water situations have their own set of dangers and challenges which cannot necessarily be recreated during indoor lessons.

‘While pool swimming is important to help improve safety for our children in general, we often forget that many children swim most often while they are on holiday.’

Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said: ‘Swim Safe is a fun interactive programme, giving children the chance to learn key safety messages and practice survival skills, under the watchful eye of qualified lifeguards and swimming teachers.

‘Following the success of last year’s inaugural programme in Cornwall, this year we’re growing Swim Safe to include more locations on the UK coast and inland. We are excited to bring the programme to the Lake District where an understanding of the dangers of swimming in open-water is just as important as on the coast.’

With over 8,000 children expected to take part across the country, the Swim Safe initiative is also running this summer at Bournemouth, Bude and South Shields. Lake Windermere is the latest location to be added to the programme.

Parents can view the full list of dates and session times at www.swimming.org/swimsafe. To book, parents can turn up on the day or call the booking number listed on the website. Children must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres.