Introducing School Swimming
School swimming is a statutory element of the National Curriculum. Make sure your child isn’t missing out.
If you are a parent or guardian of a child with disabilities go to our Disabilities section for more on school swimming.Primary schools will receive extra Government funding this September for school sport. We are urging them to use this to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim. But you have a huge role to play too – encourage your children to love their time swimming, take them at the weekends for swimming with the family and most importantly send them to lessons.
All children should learn to swim at an early age as it can go on to save your child’s life - drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
All children should access swimming lessons through school because swimming and water safety is compulsory as part of the National Curriculum.
Lessons should take place during primary school with the aim that by the age of 11 children should be able to swim unaided for at least 25m.
However, 2013 research from the ASA and Kellogg’s shows that 1.1 million children leave primary school unable to swim, more than half of children aged seven to 11
- Contact your child's school and ask them how they are meeting their obligation to your child's swimming development.
As a parent you also have a huge role to play in ensuring your child can swim.
- Locate your nearest pool with our Pool Finder and play games with your child to boost their water confidence.
- Locate your nearest pool offering ASA Children's lessons with our Pool Finder and enrol them today.
- Ask your child's school about Aquasplash, a fun festival for primary school age children designed to improve water skills
Learning the Lesson: The Future of School Swimming
To improve the provision of school swimming across England the ASA has conducted the largest ever investigation into the state of school swimming.
- Download and read the 2013 School Swimming Census and help us get children swimming
For more in-depth information on school swimming go to the ASA zone's school swimming section: