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.