Parent Swimming Advice

For International Learn to Swim Week 2019 (13th – 19th May) the Swimming Teacher’s Association revealed the findings of a new report, which shows that 70% of parents think swimming is the most important sport for children to learn—with 62% saying it’s an invaluable life skill.

However, while this research suggests British parents understand the true importance of swimming, the reality is a lot different with only a third of parents saying they take their children swimming at least once a week, with membership costs and inflexible pool opening times being cited as the main reasons.

Furthermore, only 8% of the parents surveyed by STA said that their child has swimming lessons through their school. This reveals, unsurprisingly, that there is now an even greater responsibility on parents to ensure their child can swim and is water safe, but as the survey suggests, many don’t have the time or the money—this means that countless children are missing out on the opportunity to learn a vital life skill.

During International Learn to Swim Week, the STA launched a free swimming pack, which shares advice on how they can support their child’s swimming journey, and how to make the most of family-fun swimming sessions.

Download the pack here