So, you want to know more about swimming and swimmers
If you have landed on this page after clicking a link on the BBC website then you are already keen to learn more about either swimming’s top athletes or the benefits of swimming. So read on to learn.
Many people ask why learning to swim is important. We think the facts speak for themselves. Here are a few:
- Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death for children in the UK.
- Over 450 people drown in the UK every year.
- Swimming is the only sport which can save your life.
- Swimming is a passport to dozens of other water based activities such as triathlons (see above), life saving, surfing, and water-skiing.
Did you know that more than 11 million people swim each year? They do. But here is a depressing statistic:
- 1 in 5 children leave school unable to swim
We have created this page to help convince you that it doesn't have to be this way. There is a range of content across our website to help convince you that swimming is fun and can bring great rewards, whatever your age. So take a look around.
Seen some of British Swimming's elite athletes on the BBC?
We're proud to boast of an array of Olympic, world, Commonwealth and European champions among our elite athletes, including household names Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley.
You can find out more about each of them on their profile page or stay tuned to the latest news and results from each discipline of British aquatic sport.
Fancy watching a live aquatics event? Head to British Swimming for all ticket and competition information.
With London 2012 quickly approaching, there's never been a better time to get involved with swimming.
The Big Splash is our newest initiative where we're working with the BBC to inspire the UK to get in the water more often.
Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned-swimmer or contemplating a return to the pool after years (or decades!) away, we've got advice, tips and videos for you to make the most of your swimming.
Even if you just want to know where your nearest pool is, head to our dedicated Big Splash site.
As a parent, we don't have to tell you about the benefits of your child learning to swim.
The ASA is the best place to find out more about swimming lessons, teaching and coaching and swimming clubs in England.
Maybe you want a more active role as your child learns to swim? You can also find out more about getting involved with swimming as a volunteer or the various teaching and coaching qualifications that are on offer.
Head to the ASA now for everything you will need to know about swimming clubs in England.
Use the drop-down bar at the top of this page to explore the Swimming.org domain where you'll find plenty more facts, figures, blogs and information on swimming.
If you've got a question that you can't find the answer to on our site, then let us know at email@example.com.
Remember the only stupid questions are the ones that don't get asked!