Swim Safe

Swim Safe offers FREE outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14. Public and school sessions are in 20 coastal and inland locations across the UK. Book a session near you and help children stay safe when swimming outdoors.

2017 Sessions Complete

Thanks to those of you that took part in 2017. For information about how to sign up in 2018 please see our News page and follow us on Facebook. If you would like to join the team as a host delivery partner in 2018 please see our partners page.

About Swim Safe

Children love swimming outdoors, but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is different to swimming in a pool where most swimming lessons take place.

That's why Swim England, the national governing body for swimming in England, and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, launched Swim Safe.

Swim Safe offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged between 7 and 14. Children learn how to keep safe when swimming outdoors and know what to do if they get into trouble.

Swim Safe runs every summer at beach, lake and other inland locations across the UK. And the best thing about Swim Safe is that it is free to attend.

Last year, over 7,000 children took part in Swim Safe sessions. It was so successful that this summer the programme has been extended to 20 locations.

What's included?

Children get to enjoy a fun, structured swimming session at a choice of open water locations – and learn all about how to stay safe.

  • 60 minute session run by qualified swimming teachers, supported by a team of trained volunteers.
  • Beach safety advice provided by qualified lifeguards on land.
  • Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with swimming teachers.
  • All the right kit for swimming outdoors (including swim hats, wetsuits, and swimming aids).

Who can attend?

  • Children aged between 7-14.
  • They must be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres to take part.
  • Parents or guardians must be present throughout the session.

Last year, Swim Safe was attended by 7,000 children. It was so successful that this summer the programme has been extended to 20 locations.