Byline: The skill and professionalism of four volunteer crewmembers from Criccieth’s RNLI lifeboat has been recognised by the Chair of the RNLI’s Medical Committee, Professor Charles Deakin.
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letter of thanks follows a call attended by the lifeboat crew on the
4th of July, 2015, in which three persons were reported in difficulty
off the main beach at Harlech.  The station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Doris Joan, was crewed on the day by Mark Hobley, David O’Neill, Ifan Jones and Clive Wright at the Helm. 

there was some confusion regarding the exact location of the incident,
the lifeboat began a sweeping search at the northern end of the beach –
battling heavy surf.  Once on-scene, all three casualties were ashore
and a Coastguard Frist Responder was with them.  Two crewmembers, Mark
Hobley and David O’Neill, swam ashore with vital first aid equipment –
including an oxygen tank. The casualties were from the same family – two
girls and a boy.  Their mother, a qualified nurse, had already placed
one girl – who had emerged fully alert from the sea in the Coastguard
vehicle to get warm.  The boy had been pulled from the water conscious,
but fainted shortly afterwards. Whilst the eldest girl had been pulled
from the water almost totally unresponsive. 

crew, alongside the first responder, began administering oxygen to the
unconscious girl – showing great skill in preparing her for treatment. 
Within minutes of receiving treatment, the causality showed signs of

air ambulance arrived on scene and the she was passed over to the care
of their paramedic and doctor who requested that Mark and David stayed
to assist.  Meanwhile, the boy had been placed in an ambulance awaiting
the arrival of the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter. However, that
helicopter was diverted to another incident and the boy transferred to
Bangor hospital by ambulance.

timing of the letter couldn’t be more apt, with the crew currently
undergoing an extensive casualty care course – as is done routinely. 

receipt of the letter, Criccieth RNLI Lifeboat’s Operations Manager,
Peter Williams commented, “It is wonderful to see the crew being praised
by the Chair of RNLI’s Medical Committee.  Their actions that day
greatly contributed to a positive outcome”.


For further details, please contact Ifer Gwyn, 07554445356


Byline: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crews around the coast of Kent were kept busy in 2015, according to figures released by the charity today (27 January).
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In 2015 in Kent:

• The charity’s lifeboats launched 400 times
• Volunteer crews rescued 399 people of which 13 were lives saved

Collectively, crew from the nine lifeboat stations** in Kent launched 400 times last year to attend a wide range of incidents including commercial vessels in trouble, adrift fishermen, struggling swimmers and leisure boaters in difficulty.

Overall RNLI lifeboat volunteers in Kent rescued 399 people. Of those, 13 were classed as lives saved – a specific RNLI criteria where a person would have died if not for the RNLI lifeboat arriving on scene.

The busiest lifeboat station in Kent was Gravesend, launching 83 times, rescuing 39 people and saving three lives.

Paul Barker, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager in the East, said: ‘Once again our volunteer lifeboat crews have had a busy 12 months working hard to serve their local communities. They willingly down tools and drop everything to respond to an emergency call for help day or night, come rain or shine.

‘Over the past year the RNLI has also been working hard to prevent people from getting into danger, whether that is through lifejacket clinics or our Respect the Water campaign. We understand that things can go wrong from time to time, so some preventative maintenance and annual checks prior to the boating season should allow for worry free sea time.

‘I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their tireless hard work and dedication throughout the past 12 months. Without all of our supporters, fundraisers, crews and education teams our lifesaving service would not operate.’

2015 saw the RNLI run its national Respect the Water campaign, which aims to reduce the number of coastal drownings.


Notes to editors

** The nine lifeboat stations in Kent are Gravesend, Dungeness, Littlestone, Dover, Walmer, Ramsgate, Margate, Whitstable and Sheerness.

2015 South East RNLI lifeboat station stats (Kent)

Gravesend, launching 83 times, rescuing 39 people and saving three lives.

Dover, launching 46 times, rescuing 48 people and saving three lives.

Dungeness, launching 11 times, rescuing 20 people and saving two lives.

Littlestone-on-sea, launching 16 times, rescuing 10 people.

Margate, launching 40 times, rescuing 45 people.

Ramsgate, launching 51 times, rescuing 96 people.

Sheerness, launching 81 times, rescuing 93 people.

Walmer, launching 28 times, rescuing 6 people.

Whitstable, launching 44 times, rescuing 42 people and saving five lives.

RNLI media contacts 
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / 
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252  
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 

RNLI online: For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre.


Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) rescued 9,763 people in the UK and Ireland in 2015 – a year when volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards were kept busy by storms so bad they were given names.
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In 2015:

• The charity’s lifeboats launched 8,228 times
• Lifeboats rescued 7,973 of which 348 were lives saved*
• Lifeguards dealt with 15,714 incidents rescuing 1,790 people of which 94 were lives saved*

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) rescued 9,763 people in the UK and Ireland in 2015 – a year when volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards were kept busy by storms so bad they were given names.
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people whilst the charity’s lifeguards rescued 1,790 people around UK and Irish coastal waters.

The charity’s busiest lifeboat station was Tower lifeboat on the River Thames in London which launched 465 times assisting 90 people, and saving 15 lives**. Their neighbouring station, Chiswick, launched 227 times and rescued 135 people and saving 3 lives.

It was another busy year around the coast for the charity’s volunteers – Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station was the RNLI’s busiest coastal station, launching 142 times and assisting 120 people. The next busiest coastal stations were three in the South of England; Poole, Plymouth and Eastbourne, launching 99 times each and assisting 385 people between them.

Will Stephens, RNLI Head of Lifesaving said;
‘Our volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities. We continue to urge those working or enjoying our coastline and inland areas to respect the water. We understand that things can go wrong from time to time, so some preventative maintenance and annual checks prior to the boating season should allow for worry free sea time.

‘Inland, floods caused heartache for many at the end of 2015 and we ask those faced with floods to be aware of the fast flowing flood waters and to keep a safe distance.

‘I would like to thank all of our volunteers, both on and off the water, for their tireless hard work and dedication over the last 12 months. Our lifesaving work depends on the support of our crews, fundraisers, education teams and supporters. Without this we would not be able to operate.’

The volunteer lifeboat crews carry pagers 24/7, never knowing what may lie ahead when the alarm is raised. The most common cause for lifeboat call out in 2015 was to boats with machinery failure, launching 1,492 times (18% of all launches).

Sailing pleasure craft accounted for 1,579 launches (19% of all launches) and power pleasure craft 1,464 (18%) of launches.1,080 (13%) of calls were to reports of people in the water.   

With over 15.5 million visitors to RNLI lifeguarded beaches in 2015, the charity’s lifeguards helped over 18,000 people dealing with anything from stings, slips and trips to missing children, major first aid incidents, as well as rescues in the water.

Leesa Harwood, Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director said;

‘It’s humbling to see the lifesaving work of our volunteer crew, lifeguards, flood rescue teams and safety advisers – out of the 9,763 rescued, 442 people are alive today because of their actions. And now the RNLI as a whole owes it to them to act with integrity and tenacity as we take this step to opt-in communications from January 2017.

‘So I’m appealing to all our dedicated supporters to help us by ticking our opt-in box over the next few months – to hear about our rescues, our safety advice, and our events and help us save the lives of hundreds more in the years to come.

‘Look out for our future opt-in campaign, or if you want to opt in immediately call our Supporter Care team on 0300 300 9918 (uk) or 0044 1202 663234 (non-uk) weekdays between 8am-6pm or e-mail at’

Notable rescues in 2015

Angle lifeboat volunteers evacuate fishing crew from sinking boat
With his boat sinking fast and four crew on-board the skipper of a fishing vessel broadcast a mayday distress call which saw Angle all-weather lifeboat launch in the early hours of 28 September. The Angle volunteers passed two crewmen and a pump onto the boat to try to save it, however their attempts where in vain. The two volunteers and five fishermen were transferred safely onto the Angle lifeboat. Full story and video here:

Surf conditions cause busy period for Bantham lifeguards
Out taking advantage of the surf, two paddle boarders were caught in a rip current and taken towards a dangerous rocky outcrop. Lifeguards in Bantham, South Devon, launched their inshore rescue boat in heavy sea conditions to assist the two body-boarders back to shore. Video here.

Crew of yacht pounding against the rocks, saved by Dun Laoghaire lifeboat
The crew of a yacht being dashed against rocks were glad to see the Dun Laoghaire all-weather lifeboat. Two of the occupants managed to clamber ashore onto the rocks whilst one stayed on-board. The lifeboat crew managed to pass a tow line across to the yacht and pull it clear of the rocks. Full story and video here.

Scarborough Helmsman receives bravery award for a difficult service
2015 saw a prestigious bravery medal being awarded to Scarborough Helmsman Rudi Barman in recognition for his courage during a difficult service. The station’s D class inshore lifeboat launched in treacherous conditions after a local man entered the water to save his dog. Despite the best efforts of the volunteer crew in awful weather and rough seas, the man sadly lost his life. Watch Rudi talk about that night here.

Wet feet and rising tides keep Thames lifeboats busy during University boat race
The annual University boat race on the Thames in April 2015 kept the crew busy at Chiswick Lifeboat Station. As crowds gathered along the shoreline trying to get a good vantage point for the race, they were unaware of the rising tide and wash from the other boats and 60 people needed help to safety on dry land. More here.

Storm Abigail to Storm Frank, floods rescue teams evacuate hundreds
As heavy rain and storms poured down in December, the RNLI flood teams were called into assist other emergency services. In Carlisle the teams evacuated around 200 people from their flooded homes and worked tirelessly around the clock. The team were later asked to help again in Peebles, Scotland. Full story and video here.

Fishermen saved from tragedy by Peterhead lifeboat
Pulling themselves onto rocks after their boat sank was the best option for two fisherman. The all-weather lifeboat from Peterhead, Scotland was launched and the crew made best use of the smaller daughter boat on-board to rescue the fisherman from the precarious rocky outcrop. More here.

*it is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public. – source: Met Office
**lives saved are defined as immediate risks to life, ie if the lifeboat hadn’t arrived on scene the person would not have survived

Notes to editors:

A compilation video of the RNLI rescues in 2015 is available here

Key figures:

8,228 launches.
Busiest station – Tower 465 launches
Crew spent 57,393 hours on rescues
124 launches in winds above force 7
3,241 launches were in darkness
7,973 people rescued
348 lives saved**
828 people under 18 rescued
7,145 people over 18 rescued
448 launches where first aid was required.

1,492 launches to boats with machinery failure – the single biggest cause of incidents
3,678 launches to pleasure craft (includes power, sail and manual pleasure craft)
428 launches were to people cut off by the tide

RNLI lifeguards dealt with15,714 incidents.
18,181 people were helped by RNLI lifeguards
94 lives saved**
1,070 incidents involved major first aid treatment
10,592 incidents involved minor first aid treatment
Newquay and Padstow was the busiest area with 2,842 incidents

Flood Rescue:
13 deployments
Assisted 337
Rescued 74
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Kirsti Pawlowski, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 336789 or  or David Riley, RNLI Press Officer on 01202 336789 or 
RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 200 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)


Byline: The All-weather lifeboat crew were alerted by their pagers at 5.07am on Monday 25 January, to go to the assistance of a 32-foot charter fishing vessel, which had lost all power off Kinmel Bay, about two miles out from shore.
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The skipper was taking his charter fishing vessel “Conway Star” from Conwy to Rhyl, together with his dog “Micha”. He had anchored about three miles north-west of Rhyl to await for enough tide to get into Rhyl harbour, when all power failed. Having no VHF radio because of the power failure, he called Holyhead Coastguard on his mobile phone, who then paged the lifeboat crew.
Launching within ten minutes of the call, the crew came alongside the vessel, and discussed how best to get the boat into Rhyl harbour. Because there was not sufficient water yet in the harbour, the lifeboat and casualty waited about two hours, and then set up a tow into the harbour. The shore crew and harbour masters met the boats on arrival at the outer pontoon in the harbour, and secured the casualty before the lifeboat returned to station by 9.30am.

Pictured are photos of the lifeboat going down the beach before launching, the casualty being towed into harbour (both by Paul Frost), and crew member Tina  Elliott with dog “Micha”being looked after on board the casualty (Picture by Deputy 2nd Coxswain Paul Archer-Jones).

A video may be available later.


Byline: As part of the five-yearly review of the RNLI’s resources, a team of representatives from the charity’s trustees and senior members of headquarters visited the station to review the assets at the station.
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The review team consisted of four main people – Mr. George Rawlinson, RNLI Operations director; Anthea McCoy, Advisory Committee member; Robin Middleton CBE, Council member; and Commodore David Squire, CBE MNM FNI FCMI, RNLI operations committee deputy Chairman.
Also at the meeting with RNLI crew, officials and fundraisers, were other officers from RNLI headquarters in Poole, together with representatives from the RNLI’s Divisional base in St. Asaph.
The team were met by Lifeboat Operations manager Darrel Crowther and Coxswain Martin Jones, who took them on a tour of the boathouse. The team were then taken up to the crewroom to address the assembled crew and fundraisers.
Cmdr Squire outlined the purpose of the review, and stated that the RNLI were in the process of putting a more robust policy into practice, regarding the siting of, and which, assets could be used to the best advantage to save lives at sea, and possibly reduce the number of deaths caused by drowning in the UK and Eire in the future.
The review for this team was taking place at all stations between Holyhead and New Brighton, visiting each station in turn, to get a first-hand idea of how the existing stations were evolving to the needs of the charity.
A full and frank discussion between the review team and the audience was undertaken, discussing the business case put forward beforehand by the crew, and a question and answer period resolved a few issues regarding future developments at Rhyl, including the possibility of RNLI lifeguards being used on local beaches.
The crew were thanked by Cmdr Squire at the end of two hours of discussion, and the team would then return to Poole HQ at the end of the tour, and present their proposals to the RNLI trustees, before further discussions would take place to finalise and agree details with individual stations.
The crew at Rhyl left the meeting hopeful that the station would be able to continue their record of saving lives at sea with the correct boats for the task. The requirement for keeping an all-weather lifeboat at Rhyl was paramount to the station.

Any further media rerquests about the review should be forwarded to the Media Relations manager Danielle Rush ( on 07786 668829, or about future lifeguard proposals to Chris Ciousens ( on 07748 265496

Photos attached show the review team and the assembled volunteer crew and fundraisers at the station at Rhyl.



Byline: A 16.3 metre fishing vessel, which suffered engine failure west of Thorn Island in the Milford Haven Waterway, was towed to safety on Sunday morning (January 17) by Angle RNLI’s all weather lifeboat.
Page Content: The Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason was launched at 7.20am to assist the vessel, which had 5 crew members on board.

The drifting fishing boat was quickly located and, after confirming that all was okay on board, the lifeboat attached a tow and a course was set for Milford Docks.

At the entrance to the Docks channel at 8.20am, the fishing boat was taken into an alongside tow and berthed at the Fishermen’s Pontoon.

With no more assistance required, the lifeboat was released and returned to her station, where she was rehoused at 8.47am.

Note to editors

The picture shows Angle RNLI’s Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason launching.
Photo: RNLI/Angle.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789


Byline: Sheerness and Southend RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were called out a total of four times between them to a yacht in trouble in the Thames Estuary.
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The crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat Eleanor were called at 4.45 pm on Sunday 17 January to reports of a yacht that had run aground off Garrison Point.

After a search of the area there was no sign of any vessel in trouble. After further communications it was established that the reported casualty was now actually aground one and half miles from Southend Pier on the other side of the Estuary.  Southend RNLI lifeboat crew was in attendance and were attempting to refloat the vessel.

The Sheerness crew were stood down and returned to station.

No further details of the craft or its crew were available at this time.

At 6.20am the following day the crew of the Sheerness all weather lifeboat (ALB) George and Ivy Swanson were called to assist the Southend lifeboat which had been called again to the same yacht which had once more run aground, this time on Southend beach.

With more details available the ALB proceeded to a rendezvous with the Southend RNLI lifeboat which had again managed to refloat the 22ft craft.

The two lifeboats met just North of No.4 Sea Reach Buoy in the Thames Estuary. Two crew members from the Sheerness lifeboat boarded the yacht and after the towline was passed over the ALB towed the stricken vessel back to the all tide landing at Queenborough Harbour to be met by the Coastguard and a Kent ambulance crew.

Sheerness lifeboat coxswain Robin Castle said: ‘The craft had first been spotted out in the very busy Thames shipping channel. The man onboard had been attempting to get to Sun Pier in Rochester but had lost his way.’

The ALB returned to station at 09.11 am.


Media contacts:

• Vic Booth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (Sheerness)  07926904453 / 01795 880544 / /
• James Oxley RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789       


Byline: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has launched a campaign to keep commercial fishermen safe, with figures showing 88 people were injured or killed in deck machinery incidents on fishing vessels in UK waters over the past five years*.
Page Content: As well as encouraging skippers and vessel owners to apply for funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to help replace older, more dangerous deck machinery on their boats, the RNLI is encouraging fishermen to take extra care on deck – with a new safety video being released in partnership with Seafish.

Data released by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) shows that four fishermen tragically lost their lives in deck machinery incidents from 1 January 2011 to 10 November 2015, with a further 84 injuries being suffered by commercial fishing crew.

Jamie Griffin, former fisherman from the Isle of Man, was the victim of a serious deck machinery incident in 2013 when he lost his arm after becoming tangled in a winch while operating the drum end. Jamie recalls: ‘The day of the accident was just like any other day’s fishing, until somehow I got tangled in the winch. I tried to free myself, but I couldn’t. As a result, I lost my left arm and seriously damaged the other. I also suffered eight broken ribs and a punctured lung.

‘Deck machinery can be really dangerous, especially older equipment. Extra care should be taken while operating it and I’d encourage all fishermen to watch this new safety film.’

Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, is supporting the campaign, as her late husband Neil was a commercial fisherman. In 2011, he tragically lost his life when a toggle from his oilskin jacket got caught in deck machinery on board his boat Our Boy Andrew, drawing him into the net drum.

Sheryll comments: ‘My husband was a commercial fisherman for over 25 years. If his boat had an emergency stop button in a better location on the deck, it could have saved his life.

‘I don’t want to see other fishermen’s children suffer like my children have. That’s why I’m supporting this campaign and encouraging fishermen to take action to make sure their vessels are as safe as possible.’

Worryingly, incidents of deck machinery are believed to be significantly underreported, meaning it is highly likely that many more than 84 injuries have been suffered over the past five years.

Steve Clinch, Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents at the MAIB, says: ‘Year after year, the MAIB receives numerous reports of fishermen suffering crush injuries, amputations and even death as the result of accidents involving deck machinery on fishing boats.

‘Sadly, in almost all cases, accidents which occur when operating deck machinery are avoidable if fishermen undertake some basic training and adopt safe working practices. I would therefore recommend this awareness video to all fishermen, but especially skippers.

‘Any fishermen going to sea should always take the time to consider carefully the potential risks of any hauling or shooting operation and take all necessary measures to protect everyone on board. Too many limbs, livelihoods and lives have been lost because fishermen have taken unnecessary risks.’

Frankie Horne, skipper and RNLI Fishing Safety Manager, says: ‘All fishing crew should be fully trained on the equipment they are using and regular risk assessments should be carried out to spot hazards and dangers on deck.

‘This new safety video is approximately six minutes long and features interviews with a range of fishing safety experts and victims of deck machinery accidents.’

Jamie Griffin and Sheryll Murray appear in the new film, as well as Frankie Horne and Tony Wynn from the Health and Safety Laboratory.

The EMFF grant funding to replace older, more dangerous deck machinery is available for fishermen to apply for in England and Scotland from today (Monday 18 January), with funding due to become available for fishermen in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland soon.

In 2015, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland launched to 470 commercial fishing-related incidents, rescuing 751 people and saving 9 lives.

To view the safety video, and to find out more about how to apply for an EMFF grant, visit

*Data provided by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) for incidents reported to them involving UK registered fishing vessels between 1 January 2011 and 10 November 2015. Please note, the data provided for 2014 and 2015 is draft.


Byline: Members of a local Rhyl fundraising group present cheque to Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones after raising funds for Rhyl RNLI in the Boxing Day Dip at the station.
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“Belief” is a local fundraising group who raise funds for various causes in the local Rhyl area. Included in the group are the landlords of the Cob & Pen public house, Noel and Amanda. The crew frequent the pub after crew training nights and at weekends, and so a chat one evening with some of the crew members, resulted in members of Belief attending the first RNLI Boxing Day Dip, to raise funds for Rhyl lifeboat station. In total, £720 was raised by this team to go towards the total of around £2500 raised to support the Rhyl lifeboat station.

Attached is a photo taken by Callum Robinson, crew member, showing Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones receiving the cheque from Yvette Green, part of the “Belief” fundraising team, outside the Cob & Pen public house. Behind Evette is Amanda from the Cob & Pen, and they are pictured together with other volunteer lifeboat crew members and Belief supporters.

Coxswain Martin Jones says “As a charity, we rely entirely on donations to keep our crews saving lives at sea. The boxing Day Dip was a fun way for the community to rally round to support Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station and crew”.


Byline: Swim Safe, the UK’s FREE outdoor swimming and water safety programme for children aged 7-14 will be returning to beaches, lakes and sea pools across the UK this summer.
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Perfect for families who love to spend the summer holidays enjoying the great outdoors, the 40-minute sessions teach children vital skills for staying safe while having fun in the water. Locations across the UK include Plymouth, Lake District, Jersey, Bournemouth, Sandhaven, Bude, Scarborough, Wales, Durham, the Isle of Man, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.

Practical, interactive and fun, each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard and in-water tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits and swimming hats are provided, and there’s a free goody bag with t-shirt for every young person that takes part.

Swim Safe began in 2013 when the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) joined together to teach young people the skills of staying safe in open water, an environment with more challenges and dangers than those found in an indoor swimming pool. Since its first year, Swim Safe has expanded from one to over 13 locations in 2016, reflecting the popularity of the programme and the way local communities have embraced the project. It has also developed to include Swim Safe For Schools, which are exclusive sessions run for local school pupils during the summer term. So far over 11,600 children have taken part.

Parent Wayne Singleton, who visited the Lake District last year said: ‘I took my son and stepson to Swim Safe at Brockhole last year, as we were spending more and more time in and around the Lakes, so I wanted them to get a bit more awareness in keeping safe in open water.

‘After some initial complaints, as it was cold and rainy – typical Cumbrian summer’s day – we all loved it. Caroline and the team had persuaded me to get in too, and it was great fun bobbing around in the lake, with all the kids laughing and enjoying themselves.

‘The instructors were brilliant and kept everyone engrossed in the activity. I’d definitely recommend it as a great activity to help children be safe in open water.’

Simply visit to register your child for a Swim Safe session near you or your holiday destination. Children must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres to take part.


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.  In 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. For more information visit

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: