Swim Safe this summer with the RNLI
Are you worried about your little ones swimming safely at the beach this summer? It’s not unusual. IN fact, a study by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) recently concluded that one in five parents won’t let their children swim in the sea because they feel it’s too dangerous.
Well they are right, the sea can be dangerous. But it can also be enjoyed safely, with the benefit of a little bit of knowledge. Most people get into trouble at the seaside because they don’t know anything about local conditions, how to read the sea and what to do if they get into trouble. That kind of knowledge isn’t that easy to come by unless you have expert tuition.
The great news is that the RNLI, in partnership with the ASA, are holding a series of FREE sessions for all children between 7 and 14 at resorts around the UK this summer. The sessions, which take place at safe swimming locations around the coast, last about 40 minutes and include a 10 minute talk from lifeguards and then a 30 minute water session with instructors.
The sessions will give kids an insight into what they can expect when swimming in the sea and how they can keep themselves safe. It is a fantastic chance for your children to experience swimming in a non-pool environment in a safe and fun way.
So, parents! There’s now no excuse for not letting your kids enjoy the sea safely! And it’s FREE! Book your kids into a session now and save yourselves a bit of worry.
SOME SUMMER SAFETY ADVICE
- Remember to swim at lifeguarded beaches only if you are unsure of safety.
- Always swim between the red and yellow flags.
- Do not enter the water if a red flag is flying.
- If you get into trouble and swallow seawater, seek help.
- If you see people in trouble alert the lifeguards. DO not enter the water yourself. Most drownings happen when people try to perform rescues. The rescuers are often those who perish.