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Swimmer in the river in Mildenhall

Outdoor Swimming Intro: Family and children have a go, learn how to be safe

August 15, 2021

Family training swim session: intro to enjoying water safely and responsibly. Learn how to look out for risks and to keep yourself safe

About this event

An exciting opportunity to try out Outdoor Swimming in the Brecks in a safe and friendly session with lifeguards. This Introduction to Outdoor Swimming event is funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and is part of the BFER Healing Waters Project.

Outdoor swimming, sometimes called wild swimming, is popular again, but over recent decades unfamiliarity has led to fears and misunderstandings about its safety and impact. It is a fun and affordable activity for all ages with many benefits for health. A key part of this project is to give people an opportunity to give it a go and to help them understand safety for themselves.

The training is for families and children who are new to swimming outdoors and would like to have a go or would like to learn more about doing it safely, and swim in the Brecks area or nearby, or would like to. (The project area is shown with a black dotted line on the map on this page, ).

A responsible adult parent or guardian who can swim can bring one child under 8, or two children aged 8-12. One parent per child, or if you need an extra adult to look after a child, please explain in the question about medical or additional needs. Any parent or guardian can bring a child of 13-18 who can go into the water on their own.

No adults can attend without children.

The event is part of the Healing Waters project, supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Healing Waters, one of the BFER projects, will engage people in outdoor swimming and other watery activities with training to enjoy the waters safely and with care for the environment, and it will map and consider establishing and publicising suitable places for swimming or for other recreational uses of the rivers.

The Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER) is a group of government and non-government agencies and interest groups working together, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Scheme is a collection of 24 innovative projects focusing on water related heritage & landscape, to be delivered by a wide range of partners. Read more at