Learning to swim is such an important life skill for everyone, regardless of age!
Research conducted by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) reported that 45% of children leave primary school unable to swim the length of a pool (25 metres) unaided. Even worse than this is that over 1300+ primary schools (around 1 in 14) do not offer swimming lessons at Key Stage 2, even though it’s a statutory part of the national curriculum. This means that parents need to take on the responsibility to ensure their children can swim and can be safe around water.
We believe that children should start swimming as early as possible and definitely by pre-school age. If the child is younger, when they start to begin to swim, they are less likely to be afraid of water. Starting at a young age also means that you can take part in the lesson yourself which provides fun family time and also teaches you how to teach and encourage your child when you go swimming outside their normal lesson time.
Swimming lessons throughout childhood ensure that your child continues to learn this life skill, improve their swimming technique and also more in depth information on water safety.
- 1 in 3 children say swimming is their favourite family activity*
- Children who have taken baby swimming classes have been shown to do better in gripping, reaching and balance tests than those who haven’t*
- Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children*
- 45% of children leave school unable to swim**
*Speedo Independent Research September 2013. **According to the ASA 2014 School Swimming Census