AN initiative called Swim Safe is causing a splash, with The Albion Foundation diving in head-first to help teach children about the dangers of open water and how to swim safely.
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A partnership between Albion's official charity, the RNLI and Swim England will enable children to learn how to swim safe for free.
Lyndsey Wyse, The Foundation's Engagement Coordinator, got in touch with the RNLI to kickstart the partnership because she felt that many of the children that the charity work with may be unaware of how to swim safely in open water due to the landlocked position of the Midlands.
"This is on our doorstep," she said.
"It is free for the children to do, it is open water, it's safe, it's controlled and it's just giving children more opportunities to try new life skills."
"It's giving these children these life experiences by getting into the water in a controlled environment and teaching them the basics of life-saving and how to save their own lives and somebody else's."
Andy Stead, who has been working on the Swim Safe project. says that working with the Foundation has really helped them to spread awareness about what they are doing.
"Having The Albion Foundation has been vital to running the project here," he said.
"It's having those local partners that is so important to making a project like this successful.
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The Albion Foundation is vital to what we do.
Whilst also being fun for the children to take part in, there is a serious message behind the work done, that will hopefully spread to the children, says Tom Farrington, who is an RNLI Lifeguard.
"Coastal waters and inland waters can be really, really dangerous," he said.
"We want to get the messages out to the children of the best place to swim, how to stay safe when swimming in open water and how they can rescue themselves."
For more information on the Foundation's Swim Safe project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.