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Swimsafe is a joint project with the ASA and RNLI to offer FREE swimming and beach safety lessons for children.

Swim safe is a partnership programme between the RNLI and ASA delivering water safety messages and in water tuition for 7-14 yr olds building on what children have learnt in the pool.

The programme started in Bude in 2013 delivering sessions to 2,315 young people.

In 2014 the programme extended to four sites, still enjoying the ideally suited Sea Pool in Bude.

In 2015, Friends of Bude Sea Pool became an important partner in delivering Swim Safe in South West. ASA Teachers and RNLI lifeguards delivered ninety 45 minute sessions to 627 young people, reducing the risk of them getting into danger in open water and increasing their water safety knowledge. Across 7 sites in 2015 5688 young people with the support of 130 volunteers, 40 ASA teachers, 20 Beach lifeguards and 10 site co-ordinators delivered an amazing Swim safe programme.

Key messages around choosing a  safe place to swim, recognising those who can help, importance of being supervised and not swimming alone, effects of cold water and calling for help coupled with a fun and active in water session about the difference of swimming in cold water have been a huge success across all sites.

The programme has now come to an end for 2016, more information on the 2017 programme will be posted here once avaliable.