Free outdoor swimming lessons for kids in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:50 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:50 30 August 2018

Stanborough Lakes south lake

Stanborough Lakes south lake

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Children can learn crucial outdoor swimming skills for free in a new programme coming to Welwyn Garden City.

It's tempting to leap in like this dog, but lakes are very different to the controlled environment of a swimming pool. Picture: DANNY LOOIt's tempting to leap in like this dog, but lakes are very different to the controlled environment of a swimming pool. Picture: DANNY LOO

Swim Safe is the national outdoor swimming and water safety programme for seven to 14-year-olds, and is bringing sessions to Stanborough Lakes over the weekend of September 8 and 9.

Run by Swim England and the RNLI, the free sessions teach children how to swim outdoors and show them what do if they get into trouble.

Although most of the Swim Safe sessions are held around the coast, some lessons are now being held inland to allow children living some distance from the sea to learn vital safety skills.

The lessons aim to teach children how to swim in open waters, which have very different conditions to those experienced in the controlled environment of a swimming pool.

Stanborough Lakes south lakeStanborough Lakes south lake

In sessions run by GLL, children will learn vital safety advice for swimming in lakes and rivers that will also be applicable if they visit the coast.

Justina Gaydon, GLL’s Safe Swim coordinator for Stanborough Park, said: “Parents and carers are also encouraged to get involved and find out more about how their children can stay safe at the beach and by the open water.”

Children aged seven to 14 years old, who can swim at least 25 metres, can take part.

They only need to bring their swimsuit and a towel, but must be accompanied during the session by a parent or guardian.

Wetsuits and swim hats will be provided for the session and all young people will get a free goody bag and T-shirt.

Swim England and the RNLI launched Swim Safe in 2013 in Cornwall.

Now in its sixth year, Swim Safe has grown to include 29 locations across the UK hosting sessions for the public and local schools.

To book a place, visit www.swimsafe.org.uk.

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