Cookies policy

This policy sets out what cookies are, why we use cookies on this website and your options relating to their use.

What is Swim Safe?

Swim safe is a program made up of a partnership between the RNLI and Swim England UK; otherwise known as the Amateur Swimming Association or ASA.

RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England andWales (209603), and Scotland (SC037736), with registered Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

The Amateur Swimming Association (Swim England) Ltd. is a Company limited by guarantee with charitable status registered in England and Wales, with registered charity number (1175603) and registered company number (10931571).

What are ‘cookies’?

Cookies are text files that contain two pieces of information. A site name and a unique user ID. By user unique ID we are referring to your IP address. This is defined as personal data. Please see our Privacy and Security Policy to see how we handle your personal data.

When you visit our site and accept our cookies, they are downloaded onto your device. This ensures that future use of the site is quicker, easier and more personable.

What are these cookies used for?

We use cookies to:

  • avoid lengthy registration/personalisation of the site each time you visit;
  • recognise you when you login/visit and make it easier for you to access your account information;
  • estimate our audience size and patterns;
  • ensure that you are not asked to register twice;
  • control how often you see similar adverts;
  • track preferences so we can improve and update our websites;
  • track the progress and number of entries in some of our promotions and contests.

You don’t need cookies to navigate the site, although you may not be able to have a full customer experience.

What cookies do we use?

Cookie name Cookie type Does it hold personal data?  What personal data does it hold? When does it expire?
__RequestVerificationToken Anti-forgery Cookie  No N/A Sessional
_utma Google analytics - This defines a source. No N/A Sessional
_utmb Calculates how long a visit takes by using a time stamp. Yes IP Address Sessional
_utmc Works with the cookie above to determine how long a visit takes. Yes IP Address 30 mins after session ended.
_utmt Tracks and logs events related to Google Analytics. No N/A Sessional
_utmz Keeps track of where the visitor originated from and what search engine used.  Yes IP Address 6 months
 _dc_gtm Google Analytics ID. The cookies only appears on sites that integrate Google Analytics via Google Tag Manager.  No N/A  Sessional
 _ga Google Analytics uses this cookie to distinguish users and has an expiration of X. This is responsible for ensuring session data reaches its correct destination. No N/A  2 years
 _gat The cookie controls the number of requests received and made by Google Analytics. No N/A After 10 minutes
 _gid Google Analytics uses this cookie to distinguish between users and has an expiration of 24 hours. No N/A 24 hours
ASP.NET_SessionId A session cookie that logs a unique session. No N/A Session
fr This is a third party Facebook cookie. This enables you to share pages to Facebook. See Facebook Data Policy  Yes Facebook details. This is liable on Facebook. 3 months
 guest_id The Twitter cookie appears on pages that use the button "Tweet". See Twitters Privacy Policy.  Yes Twitter details. This is liable on Twitter. 2 years
 has_js Drupal session cookie which is deleted on browser close. No N/A Sessional
 Personalization_id Twitter uses this to enable a personal experience. See Twitters Privacy Policy. Yes This is your Twitter information. see their Privacy Policy. 2 years
SC_analytics_global_cc  This is a single content management system cookie and identifies repeat visits from a single user. No N/A 10 years
 Cookie Banner This enables the cookie banner to show if the visitor has not seen the banner and will not show if the visitor has seen the banner. Yes IP Address 1 Year

Do cookies make my devices less secure?

Cookies are specific to the server that creates them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. The Cookies are only deployed on the site to make the experience better for you, along with collecting statistical data for the programs benefit. For example: How many visitors the site receives a week.

There is always a risk that a cookie can be hacked or forged, and we can assure you that we have taken all possible steps in our power to reduce the likelihood of someone being successful in doing so.

Do I have to provide consent?

Yes, you have the choice to accept cookies. This is done through an initial notice when you enter the site for the first time. You will be asked to accept the use of cookies on the banner. If you do not want to accept the use of cookies you have to go to your browser settings to change that setting.

Changing your browser settings is your opportunity to opt out. If you don’t alter your settings and continue to use our website then this will infer that you have consented to us using cookies.

How can I control the use of cookies?

You can change your browser settings through entering the menu tab and going through to your settings. This is different for ever browser. Therefore, please use the links below to determine which one works for you:

Share buttons and Third parties

The Swim Safe website may feature embedded share buttons, which enable you to share articles with your friends via social media. These sites may use cookies when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for information about these. 

Where can I get more information?

You can find out more information about managing cookies on your devices at the following websites: