Swim Safe this summer

Get children aged 7–14 ready for safe swimming in open water with Swim England and the RNLI’s free water safety sessions. Choose from inland and coastal sites throughout the UK.

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Children swimming in open water

Give children the skills to enjoy outdoor swimming safely

Children love swimming outdoors - but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is very different to swimming in a pool.

Created by Swim England and the RNLI and supported by a range of local partners, Swim Safe teaches children where it's safe to swim, how to float and what to do if they or someone else get in trouble.

The hour-long sessions are led by trained instructors and are held at outdoor water locations across the UK, including beaches and inland sites. 

Children need to be aged between 7 and 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part. Book your session


School sessions are specifically organised for school classes. If you're a teacher, find your local session and bring your class along to learn more about swimming safely.

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A Swim Safe instructor supports a young girl in Plymouth's Tinside Lido as she learns to float

Working together to help children swim safely since 2013

Swim England and the RNLI created Swim Safe to help all children grow up with essential water safety skills for life.

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Child jumping into water

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Volunteer, find resources for schools and youth groups, or help deliver Swim Safe as a partner.

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Two girls standing at the water's edge with a Swim Safe instructor at West Reservoir in Stoke Newington.