Take the plunge and learn to swim in sea

How would you like to learn how to swim in the open sea?

Well, that’s exactly what you can do with a new initiative which is being launched in north Northumberland next month.

Jane Hardy is a rural Sports Activator, based at Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre in Alnwick, and she has secured funding through Sport England, in partnership with Sportivate , to provide an open water swimming opportunity for females aged 14-25.

Sport England funding means they will each have a wetsuit hired for them for the duration of the event, Boulmer Voluntary Lifeboat will be launched and available for safety cover and they will each get a trip to the Farne Islands to see the seals in early September.

It’s only £5 to register and £1 a week for six weeks .Places are limited to 12 and to take part you need to be female, aged 14-25 and be able to swim eight lengths of the Willowburn pool.

Swimming will take place every Saturday and Jane says: The course isn’t just about jumping into cold water, it’s actually the opposite.

There will be an educational element too. I will teach the girls about cold water immersion, how to spot a rip tide and how to be safe in open water.

For more information on the course, contact Jane Hardy on 01670 629380 or email Jhardy01@activenorthumberland.org.uk