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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 research from the ASA and Kellogg’s revealed that over half of children aged 7 -11 cannot swim 25 meters unaided, this equates to 1.1 million children unable to be safe in and around water.

As a parent you have a huge role to play in ensuring your child can swim, there are a number of things you can do to support them:

  • Talk to your school about how they are meeting their obligation to provide swimming lessons
  • 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.
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