A recent study found that 57% of children between 7-11 years old cannot swim. In a bid to change this Swimshop are running a ‘Save a Life, Learn to Swim’ campaign.
It is estimated that children require at least 25 hours of lessons to swim confidently a distance of 25 metres. Primary schools are offered 18 hours of swimming lessons per child a year, way below the recommended hours. If hours were raised to 25 across all primary schools as standard the number of children who can swim would rise by 200,000.
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) suggests that swimming should come under the physical education budget and be taught as a requirement much like any other subject. As well as a lifesaving skill the ability to swim has vast health benefits and is one of the few sports you can continue to partake in into old age.
Head over to the Save a Life, Learn to Swim page to get a PDF download full of games you can enjoy with your children to make them feel more confident in the water.
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