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Sign up as a Swim Safe volunteer, download school and youth group water safety resources, or support the programme by becoming a partner.

An RNLI Swim Safe instructor stands on Boscombe beach

Swim Safe Partners

Swim Safe was created by Swim England and the RNLI to help children aged 7–14 stay safe when in or near open water. 

Children learning how to huddle in the water during a Swim Safe session in Penzance, Cornwall

Do you share our passion for water safety and education? Can you help us achieve our vision of ‘Every young person across the UK and Republic of Ireland’ having access to a Swim Safe session? Are you an established activity provider? Can you assist us by providing some funding to support our delivery? If so, we would love to hear from you.

We currently work with a wide range of delivery partners each year that form an integral part of our delivery team. Some of our partners include: Birmingham City Council; Salford Community Leisure; Elemental UK; RNLI Lifeguards; Southern Water, and private swim schools. Our delivery partners have access to all the resources required to deliver a Swim Safe session and also receive a detailed induction and training programme to make sure they have everything they need. The benefits to becoming a Swim Safe delivery partner are varied - but the opportunity to make a real difference to water safety and education in your community is invaluable. 

What is required from a delivery partner? 

  • Access to safe bathing water and land owner permission.
  • A site coordinator to be the main point of contact and organiser for your Swim Safe sessions.
  • Experience deliver outdoor activities to young people.

What do our partners receive in return? 

All our partners receive training and support to deliver a Swim Safe session and this is a fantastic Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunity for your staff. 

Swim Safe is a registered trademark and we’re proud of the brand which is clearly communicated across all relevant materials and merchandise by Swim England, the RNLI and all partner organisations.  

If you’re interested in delivering Swim Safe in 2020, please download our partner pack, fill in the expression of interest form and return it to us by 30 September 2019.   

We expect to receive three times more expressions of interest than we have funding for, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to make your proposal as strong as possible. 

We are incredibly proud to be a part of Swim Safe, which has seen over 30,000 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, Learn to Swim Director, Swim England

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

Volunteer for Swim Safe

Wanted: enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for helping children to learn about how to be safe in and around water!

A Swim Safe instructor teaching children at Plymouth's Tinside Lido in Devon

Swim Safe sessions would not take place without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, swimming teachers, lifeguards and site coordinators.

Swim Safe volunteers are self-motivated and enjoy motivating others. They’re also good at timekeeping, administrative skills and are able to work independently as well as within a team.

You need to be 18 years old to apply. If you're 16 or 17, you can apply as long as you are accompanied by an adult.

We need volunteers for a variety of roles, from registering participants, distributing kit and handing out safety messaging, to accompanying sessions to the water’s edge and carrying out evaluations.

We don’t need volunteers at every site, but we welcome your registration and will be in touch to advise of any ways you can help.

Instructors and lifeguards

We also need qualified instructors to help us deliver Swim Safe. If you're an instructor or lifeguard who has experience with sessions in outdoor environments, we'd like to hear from you.  Instructors who have experience of delivering in outdoor environments are a great asset to the programme, but all teachers undertake the Swim England Swim Safe continuing professional development (CPD) course before teaching on the programme.

resources for schools and groups

Children in the water at a Swim Safe session in Lake Windermere, Lake District, in Cumbria

We’ve got a host of fantastic and colourful resources for you to deliver a fun filled lesson on outdoor water safety, as well as information which can be shared with parents through your notice
boards, email, newsletters or social media – however you choose.

Whether by the sea, river or lake, the skills involved in keeping safe whilst swimming outdoors are different to those in an indoor pool, where most pupils’ swimming lessons take place. And with the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s our priority to make sure every child knows how they can enjoy the water and stay safe.

Download all the tips and resources you need to help teach children the importance of staying safe whilst swimming outdoors. Note: Videos are embedded within the PowerPoint packs.

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Our story

Every summer, Swim Safe teaches children aged 7 to 14 essential life skills. Learn more about the programme and why it was created.

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