Since 2012 the ASA has conducted annual research into the levels of swimming attainment in primary school children and published it in our school swimming Census.
This has helped us get an insight into the state of school swimming and allowed us to put programmes in place to try and change the state of school swimming in England.
Our 2013 Census showed that 51% of children aged 7-11 were unable to swim a minimum of 25 metres unaided, despite swimming being a statutory requirement in the national curriculum. This was a shocking statistic which showed how much work needed to be done.
The 2014 school swimming Census shows that while there has been an increase of 6% in the number of children aged 7-11 able to swim 25 metres unaided, 45% of children are still set to leave primary school unable to swim the length of an average pool unaided.
This has highlighted that while some progress is being made, we still have much to do in order to keep England’s children safe in and around water.
We hope that if primary schools sign up to implement the School Swimming Charter, this will help to make a real impact on the provision of high quality school swimming programmes. Sign up here.
To download electronic versions of the Census: