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Five years of Swim Safe at Windermere

Swim Safe at Lake Windermere (RNLI/Callum Robinson)

[S]wim Safe, the RNLI and Swim England’s free outdoor swimming sessions for 7-14-year-olds, have completed their fifth year at Windermere and one boy has enjoyed it so much he’s come back every single year!

Will Morgan, 12, from Walney Island, has returned every year since the first ever session held at the lake in 2014. To recognise his commitment, Will was given some special gifts from the session organiser, Caroline Smith, which included a Swim Safe hoodie, thermal mug, hat and towing buoy for Will to use when he goes swimming outdoors.

Will Morgan, with event organiser Caroline Smith, his mum and friend (RNLI/Callum Robinson)

The Swim Safe sessions at Windermere are run by Swim England and the RNLI in partnership with GLL and South Lakeland District Council. The council contributes £5,000 a year to the program as they really see the value of the program and the vital messages it gives.

The programme at Windermere includes two weeks of sessions for local schools and two weeks of public sessions, as well as those for groups of both adults and children with special educational needs, making the Swim Safe as inclusive as possible.

Caroline says: ‘It’s been great to see so many children take up the opportunity to come to our Swim Safe event. Will came on our very first Swim Safe and has been every year since. His mum really feels it’s important to learn these messages early. Will has actually been in trouble in water when his inflatable dinghy blew away from shore. Luckily, he remained calm and knew what to do.

‘Will is starting secondary school in September and is keen to carry on returning to Swim Safe in the future and to volunteer for the programme as he gets older.’

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