An overview of swimming
A recent report by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) shockingly revealed that more than half of children aged seven to eleven years old are unable to swim a minimum of 25 metres unaided, meaning that just over one million children in the UK are potentially unsafe in and around water and therefore at risk of drowning!
Learning to swim is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum -Physical Education.pdf
for key stage 2 (ages 7-11). Government guidelines state that by the time children complete primary school, they should be able to swim 25 metres.
Pupils are assessed at the start and end of their swimming programme.
2017-2018 highlighted that only 46% of Cardiff children were able to pass the national curriculum guideline test
Here at Sport Cardiff we believe this a problem in which is likely to get worse. The World Health Organisation (WHO) report published in November 2014 highlighted that drowning claims 372,000 lives each year. On average over 400 people drown in the UK each year, with 44% of drowning fatalities happen to people who had no intention of entering the water. This is a stark reminder that it isn't just traditional water users who get into danger, reminding us of the importance of water safety and learning to swim here in Cardiff.
What are Sport Cardiff doing to prevent this trend?
Sport Cardiff have launched the "Top Up Swim Programme" in partnership with GLL sites across the city of Cardiff. This programme specifically targets children who have attended swimming lessons through their school curriculum and have failed to pass the national curriculum attainment test.
The scheme offers 6 months of sponsored swimming lessons for identified pupils. The programme allows Sport Cardiff to track the progress of pupils with the aim to ensure that individuals achieve improved water safety and confidence working towards the common goal of "Every Child a Swimmer".
To find out more about the Top Up Swimming programme, please get in touch with the Aquatic Development Coordinator at Sport Cardiff.
Find out more about swimming lessons in Cardiff below;
The UK national drowning prevention strategy 2016 - 2026
Tragically, on average, around 400 people drown around the UK every year and a further 200 take their own lives on our waters. Many of these deaths are preventable and through the learn to swim programmes we believe more can be done to reduce this loss of life.