Swimming can help to keep our nation fit and healthy. By learning to swim children can raise their attainment level while adults reduce their risk of a stroke and other health problems. It also improves mental health and well-being, reducing stress and relieving tension.
Furthermore swimming can open up opportunities to many other sports like triathlon, diving, water polo and canoeing.
Here are some key facts about swimming took from the “Everyone Can Swim Manifesto”
- More than 900,000 people in Scotland swim at least once a month
- Over 100,000 children are learning to swim – a life skill which saves lives
- As a gentle form of exercise swimming supports the inactive to become active
- It promotes family fun and parent and child bonding in the local pool and on holiday
- Swimming is an inclusive and equitable sport with opportunities for all
You can download the UK drowning prevention strategy by clicking here. The purpose of this strategy was to prevent accidental drowning fatalities in the UK by working in partnership to ensure consistent guidance for the safe enjoyment and management of activations in and around water.
I would also encourage you to visit the Everyone Can Swim YouTube channel where they post various videos about events they have held and interviews with professional swimmers.