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Hundreds to flock to Barry for free open water safe swimming classes

Hundreds of children are swapping the swimming pool for the sea and taking part in an open-water safe swimming scheme this weekend.

Called Swim Safe, the event is taking place on Barry Island, and over the course of the weekend, more than 300 children are expected to attend.

It’s for children aged between seven and 14

It’s for children aged between seven and 14, and is taking place on Whitmore Bay between Friday and Sunday.

It follows July, when the initiative saw more than 100 children don wetsuits and swimming hats and get into the sea to learn vital sea safety techniques.

Land-based safety and in-water tuition

The sessions, delivered in partnership between Swim Wales, the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI, include a land-based safety lesson with lifeguards and in-water tuition with swimming teachers.

It’s the first year Swim Safe has been held in Barry and extra demand for places meant more sessions had to be laid. Across the UK, the programme has so far taught more than 12,000 children.

All spaces on the free sessions have been fully booked but parents or carers can keep checking for availability on www.Swimming.org/SwimSafe or come along on the day and put their child’s name on a reserve list.

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