If you’re a teacher or parent/guardian then swimming is something you need to get your children excited and interested in, after all it could save their life.
Around 200,000 children leave primary school unable to swim. And nearly 40% will never be offered school swimming lessons despite it being a statutory element of the National Curriculum.
These were the shocking findings from ASA Kellogg's research into the state of school swimming in England in 2012, the year of the home Olympics.
But it doesn't have to be this way going forward, which is why the ASA produced its six-point ASA School Swimming Manifesto. And we all have a huge role to play, especially parents and teachers.
Learning to swim at an early age can go on to save your child’s life - drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children. Download our guide for parents left to learn more. You can also:
- Go to our dedicated Parents zone to find out what you can do to get your child swimming.
- Ask your children's school about swimming and how they are helping your child to swim.
- Check out Aquasplash, a fun festival for primary school age children designed to improve water skills. Then tell your child's school about it and encourage them to get involved.
Designed to support school teachers and swimming teachers, our school swimming and water safety guide will help in facilitating swimming lessons for primary school children. Download it by clicking the link left. You can also:
- Check out Aquasplash, a fun festival for primary school age children designed to improve water skills
- Download and read the ASA Manifesto and help us get children swimming
For more in-depth information on school swimming go to the ASA zone's school swimming section: