Free water safety sessions to run in Suffolk and Essex

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Clacton-on-Sea Seafront

Free water safety sessions are being held for children in Suffolk and Essex this summer.

Youngsters aged seven to fourteen will be able to learn vital water safety skills in Lowestoft, Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton.

Each session run by Swim England and RNLI will be an hour long and will teach children how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water.

The sessions begin with children receiving water safety advice on land, before heading into the water for practical tuition with qualified instructors.

Felicity Bramford, Swim Safe Area Coordinator Midlands and East, said: “It’s essential that children learn where it is safe to swim, how to stay safe and what to do if they get into trouble.

“We want all children to grow up learning these vital life skills.

“The sessions also offer a chance for parents and carers to get advice on helping their children stay safe around open water.”

Booking is essential and opens six weeks prior to each session, which will be from July 22 to 26  in Clacton at Martello Bay, July 30 to August 3 and August 13 to 17 in Dovercourt and August 27 to 31 in Walton.

To book your child’s free place, go to swimsafe.org.uk/locations.

Swim England and the RNLI created Swim Safe in 2013 with a single activity at Bude in Cornwall.

Having grown year on year, in 2019 Swim Safe will be running at 36 beach and inland water locations across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to reduce accidental drowning by 50% by 2026.

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