Sign up as a Swim Safe volunteer, download school and youth group water safety resources, or support the programme by becoming a partner.
Volunteer for Swim Safe
Wanted: enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for helping children to learn about how to be safe in and around water!
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
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.
- Activity Sheets - PDF 3.1MB
- Activity Sheet Answers - PDF 3.1MB
- Classroom Games - PDF 520KB
- School Assembly presentation - PowerPoint 3.3MB
Swim Safe for schools:
- Session 1 – Outdoor Water Safety - PowerPoint 6.6MB
- Session 2 – The Water Safety Flags and Signs - PowerPoint 5MB
- Session 3 – Planning a trip to the coast or a lake - PowerPoint 4.3MB
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.
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 partners each year that form an integral part of our delivery team. Some of our partners include Swim Wales, 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 ensure they have everything they need.
What do our partners receive in return…? All our partners receive training and support to deliver a Swim Safe session, this is a fantastic CPD opportunity for your staff. Swim Safe is a registered trademark and we are proud of the brand which is clearly communicated across all relevant materials and merchandise by the Swim England, the RNLI and all partner organisations.
Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a partner, we look forward to hearing from you.
Every summer, Swim Safe teaches children aged 7 to 14 essential life skills. Learn more about the programme and why it was created.