FREE outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for up to 2,700 children will be held in Sandbanks Beach from the end of this month.

The Swim Safe programme, which is delivered in partnership between the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI, is running events from July 30 to August 18 for the public to attend. It features a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard, followed by in-water tuition with a swimming teacher.

Ashley Jones, Site Coordinator for Swim Safe at Sandbanks said: "We’re really looking forward to running Swim Safe for the first time on Sandbanks Beach this year.

"Our sessions will run every day except Fridays. We’ve got enough spaces for 2,700 young people to come and learn some really important life skills and we’d love to fill them."

Last year, RNLI lifeguards aided 382 people on Poole beaches including rescuing five people from the water.

Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with t-shirt are all provided. For more information, go to