Parents’ Guide to School Swimming
School swimming is a statutory element of the National Curriculum. Make sure your child isn’t missing out.
As a parent you need to know that swimming is the only skill your child will learn in school that could save his/her life: drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child with disabilities go to our Disabilities section for more on school swimming.The 2013 School Swimming Census Learning the Lesson: The Future of School Swimming is the largest ever investigation into school swimming. More than 3,500 schools were asked how many of their Key Stage 2 children have reached national curriculum swimming requirements. Click here to download the school swimming Census report.
The ASA’s School Swimming Census in 2013 showed that 51% of children aged 7-11 were unable to swim 25 metres unaided. Last year the annual survey revealed that while some progress is being made, there still remains much to do to keep England’s children safe in and around water.
As a parent you have a huge role to play:
- Talk to your school about how they are meeting their obligation to provide swimming lessons. The ASA is encouraging primary schools in England to sign up for support and resources to help them with their swimming provision through our School Swimming Charter
- Talk to your local authority about school swimming
- Did you know you could get a pool in your child’s school? Click here to find out about Pools4Schools.
- Click here to locate your nearest pool with our Pool Finder tool.
- Check out these games to play with your child to boost their water confidence
- Click here to locate your nearest pool offering ASA lessons with our Pool Finder tool and enroll them today
- Purchase the Learn To Swim Guide For Parents and download the Bite-size Parent’s Guide.