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Children in Cumbria learn to swim safely outdoors

Kids aged 7-14 took part in outdoor swimming safety sessions in Windermere Photo: Naik Media

Children in Cumbria have taken part in Swim Safe sessions teaching them on how to stay safe when swimming outdoors.

It is part of a national programme by Swim England and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Children taking part are between the ages of seven and 14.

Children love swimming outdoors – but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is more challenging than swimming in a pool where most lessons take place.

Swim Safe helps children learn to keep safe when swimming outdoors, so they know what do if they get into trouble.

And because Swim Safe sessions are free and fun, they are a great activity for children aged 7–14 who live or are holidaying in Windermere.

– Caroline Smith, Swim Safe Co-ordinator for Windermere
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The sessions take up to an hour and are run by qualified teachers and lifeguards.

They cover what to do when in trouble and where is and is not safe to swim. They are open to children who already know how to swim up to 25 metres.

Started in 2013, 18,000 Swim Safe sessions have taken place all over the country and more will be taking place over the summer.