Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

Accessibility - Text Only - Display Options - Accessibility

Why Your Child Should Learn To Swim

Learning to swim is fun, provides health benefits and could save a child’s life. Sadly, drowning is the third most common form of accidental death in children, so learning to swim really is an essential life skill.

The great thing about swimming is that children of any age, size or ability can take part – and it is more accessible to children with disabilities than most other sports. 

Hear what Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has to say about learning to swim (left).

Children absolutely love swimming, with one in three saying it’s their favourite family activity.

But it's not all about having fun, there are other great reasons to get your child swimming:

  • It keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture.
  • Your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.
  • Swimming opens the door to other sports and activities, including: swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, rowing and sailing and even becoming the next Olympic or Paralympic champion!
  • It’s a skill that once learnt is rarely forgotten – there are even swimming events for those aged over 100.
  • Swimming provides challenges, from working through the ASA Awards to perhaps one day swimming the English Channel.
  • You can't always be there. It may save their life one day.

So contact your local pool today using our Pool finder and ask them about kids' swimming lessons.