Belfast Live reports: A programme which aims to teach kids how to stay safe in open water is hosting free swimming lessons in Northern Ireland this summer.
Swim Safe, is coming to NI for the first time this summer to host free hour-long sessions for 7–14 year olds run by qualified swimming teachers and RNLI beach lifeguards, supported by a team of trained volunteers.
The sessions are designed to be practical, interactive, educational and fun for children who can swim at least 25 meters.
Every child that participates will receive 60 minutes of tuition, with the time split between land-based safety with a lifeguard and in-water tuition with a swimming teacher.
Wet-suits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with T-shirt are all provided.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Jenny Thompson said: “Many children love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is different to swimming in a pool and can often be much more challenging.
“The Swim Safe programme gives children the opportunity to learn about keeping safe when swimming outdoors and knowing what to do if they get into trouble.”
Visit the SwimSafe website to book your place and for more information.
Chris Ayriss comments: What a contrast this practical program is to the warnings broadcast in 2014. Don't go in!