Salford provides North West children with free open-water swimming sessions

18th July 2017

This week, a group of 30 school children launched Salford Community Leisure’s Swim Safe campaign at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford Quays.

Swim SafeThe pupils, from Irlam Endowed Primary School in Irlam, marked the start of Salford Community Leisure’s free open water swimming sessions that are available from July 31st until August 16th.

Swim Safe is run by the RNLI and offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged 7-14. Kids learn land-based water safety and then they get into the water for practical tuition with a fully qualified swimming teacher.

Mark Chew, head of sport and leisure at Salford Community Leisure, said: “We are delighted to bring the Swim Safe course to our ever-popular watersports centre in Greater Manchester and because Salford is one of only three North West venues to offer the free sessions, we can help families from right across the region. We are honoured that we are one of this year’s new inland water venues along with London and Birmingham.”

The Irlam Endowed pupils, lead by teacher Jude Scrutton, made a big splash when they tested the water at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford Quays which is used by thousands of people every year for open water swimming, sailing, canoeing and wakeboarding activities.

Mr Jude Scrutton, PE teacher at Irlam Endowed Primary School, said:

“Our pupils really enjoyed their open water safety session. Children love swimming outdoors, but swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes is more challenging than swimming in a pool, where most lessons take place. Swim Safe and Salford Community Leisure are doing a great job teaching many children how to keep safe when swimming outdoors and around open water and giving them the knowledge of what to do if they get into trouble.”

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