Thanks to a partnership between Swim England, the RNLI, the Bosdet Foundation and Jersey Sport, Swim Safe is back for a fifth year, teaching Year 5 pupils how to stay safe in open water.
Over 950 children from 28 schools across the island will take part in the free swim safety sessions run by qualified Swim Safe instructors and beach lifeguards at various beaches around the island, from 21 June to 5 July.
Charlotte Francis, Swim Safe Area Coordinator explained, “we want to give children the skills to enjoy outdoor swimming safely. Swimming in the sea is very different to swimming in a pool where most children learn and these fun sessions also provide advice on what to do should anything go wrong.”
“Living on an island the Swim Safe programme is invaluable,” said Martine Le Guilcher, Jersey Sport’s Swimming Development Officer. “Working in partnership with the RNLI and Swim England helps to ensure local children receive the correct messages on how to stay safe in and around water.”
This year the all-inclusive Swim Safe programme also includes information about ocean advocacy and how everyone should respect the water. Working with Protect Blue, children will also learn about looking after the ocean and keeping beaches clean.
Alan Le Pavoux, Charity Manager at the Bosdet Foundation, said: “Swim Safe teaches children sea safety messages which will stay with them for life. The Bosdet Foundation and Les Ormes are proud to support Swim Safe for a fifth year.”