CHILDREN from Penarth are being invited to Cardiff Bay to take part in swimming safety lessons.

Swim Safe, an initiative set up by Swim Wales and the RNLI, will be held in Cardiff International White Water centre in Cardiff Bay over three dates in August.

The public sessions will take place on August 11, 18 and 25 and are now available to book online.

Swim Safe instructors will deliver water safety lessons to young children, so that if they find themselves, or anyone else in danger, they know how to react.

Children at the sessions will be watched over by RNLI lifeguards, qualified instructors and volunteers.

All the kit needed to take part, including wetsuits, swim hats and flotation equipment, is provided for each child during the sessions.

Children only need to bring their swimsuit and a towel.

Each session gives children up to 30 minutes of practical, in-water tuition led by qualified instructors and essential open water safety advice.

The Swim Safe programme aims to support the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy’s aim of reducing accidental drowning by 50 per cent by 2026, to which Swim Wales and the RNLI are committed as members of the National Water Safety Forum.

Online booking for the sessions held in Cardiff is now open on the Swim Safe website.

Swim Safe was created in 2013 to help children aged 7 to 14 stay safe while enjoying swimming outdoors.

From with a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme spanning the UK.

More than 20,000 children took part in a Swim Safe session across 29 locations in 2018.

Members of the public can book on to any of the free Swim Safe sessions for free visiting: