The Swimming Teacher’s Association’s (STA) International Learn to Swim Week is this week 13th – 19th May.
The aim is to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.
Cerebral Palsy Sport are working closely with the STA to promote disability swimming and get more people active.
The STA are calling on everyone to help with their campaign this week by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get in the pool and learn a wealth of water skills. The aim is to teach swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques to as many people as possible.The STA have over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers on hand to help achieve this.
As part of an STA report, is shows that 70% of parents think swimming is the most important sports for children to learn and 62% say it is an invaluable life skill. Despite these figures, only a third of parents say they take their child swimming at least once a week.
During this week, the STA will be promoting the importance of children attending regular, structured swimming lessons and why it is important to get children both swimming in school and out.
The STA are providing a free, downloadable swimming pack which shows parents how the can best help their child in learning to swim and how to get the whole family involved. (Available here.)
CP Sport will be following the STA this week and helping to promote the message of Learn to Swim Week. Swimming is a life-saving skill and it is important that everyone has the opportunity to swim, no matter their ability.
CP Sport offer a range of services in swimming including SwimStarts, Development Galas and resources. If you would like to find out more about our exciting opportunities, please visit: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/
Find out more about the STA’s Learn to Swim week here