Swim Safe was created by Swim England (formerly known as the Amateur Swimming Association) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to help children aged between 7 and 14 stay safe when enjoying swimming outdoors.

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England, and the RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Both organisations are committed to preventing unnecessary deaths in the water.

Both organisations have a joint ambition to ensure that by 2020 all children who can swim at least 25 metres have access to a Swim Safe session.

Swim Safe launched in 2013 in Bude and is now delivered to the public and schools at over 20 coastal and inland water locations across the UK. Swim Safe sessions are run by qualified swimming teachers, qualified lifeguards and a team of trained volunteers. 

In 2017 Swim Safe will be delivered in partnership with Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales. The programme will also be supported nationally by the Swimming Trust and Norton by Symantec.

About the organisations:

Swim England

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. We help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports.

Our vision is of a nation swimming and we strive to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. Each month millions of people are able to enjoy swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming having been through our Learn to Swim Programme. 

We also support our members, clubs and athletes, and run qualification and education programmes to develop the workforce. For more information visit

We are incredibly proud to be a part of Swim Safe, which has seen over 18,000 young people learn about water safety and how to be safe in the water since we began in 2013. Key to the success of Swim Safe is our partnership with the RNLI, our delivery partners, and all our wonderful volunteers who each year give their time to support the programme. As we continue to develop and expand Swim Safe, I look forward to working even closer together.

 – Jon Glenn, Swim England Learn to Swim Director

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide an on-call 24-hour search and rescue service around the UK and Republic of Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames. Additionally, the RNLI has lifeguards on over 220 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives since the charity was founded in 1824. For more information go to

Thousands of children know how to keep safe when swimming outdoors thanks to Swim Safe, which brings together the expertise of Swim England, the RNLI, and the other organisations and volunteers involved.

Guy Botterill, Swim Safe Project Manager, RNLI