Successful week in Scarborough

The second successful year of Swim Safe in Scarborough concluded with a visit from local Scarborough and Whitby MP, Robert Goodwill.

Almost 500 young people took part over the week, learning about water safety and how to stay safe in the sea. Some children had travelled over an hour for the sessions, while others had returned for a second time.

Robert Goodwill MP, who is also the Minister of State for Children and Families, visited the programme on Friday to find out more about Swim Safe and watch a session being delivered. During his visit he also met volunteers and members of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.

Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Children and Families, said: “It was great to be at North Bay beach to see the great work going on with Swim Safe. It is an excellent programme that is giving children the opportunity to learn these skills in a fun and safe environment, and is helping to save lives.

Jane Nickerson, Swim England CEO, said: “Swimming outdoors is great fun but it can be a lot more challenging than swimming in a pool. It is important that children understand these differences and know what to do if they find themselves or their friends in trouble.

“Swim England is committed to ensuring all children have these skills, which is why we are working with the RNLI to expand Swim Safe to even more inland and coastal locations. We are also continuing to work with the Department for Education to ensure water safety remains a priority for schools.”

Although Swim Safe has now finished in Scarborough, next week (21-25 August) it is moving to Bridlington. A limited number of spaces are still available. To find out more and to book your place click here.