Learning to swim is a life skill and for a lot of children, school might be the only place they will be given the opportunity to learn these vital lifesaving skills.
The skills developed through the PE Curriculum, swimming and water safety activities can be used to develop skills across the National Curriculum as a whole, and it's our very own School Swimming that takes the lead on delivering this.
We support all our primary schools and deliver the best possible swimming and water safety provision for all pupils in Key Stage 2. We deliver these lessons in partnership with Freedom Leisure and Wales National Pool Swansea. Lessons take place at Penyrheol, Penlan and Morriston Leisure centres as well as the Wales National Pool.
The National Curriculum requirements that have been agreed to be assessed by Swim Wales, education advisers and local providers include being able to swim 25 metres wearing shorts and t-shirt, tread water for 30 seconds whilst demonstrating an action for getting help and then move into the HELP position (heat, escape, lessening, posture). All of this must be performed without goggles.
Pupils will also learn and be able to demonstrate how to perform a shout and signal action in swimwear.
The School Swimming team also take part in and promote the the Royal Life Saving Society UK's Drowning Prevention Week. This year's Drowning Prevention Week will take place on June 18th - 25th.
It helps to raise awareness of what to do if people get in to difficulty in the water and promote the importance of learning a vital life skill.
There are many other advantages to school swimming as well as teaching water safety.
It has been long proven that swimming is one of the best all round sports that has many other health benefits, as it is a low-impact sport it is great for cardio-vascular, balanced skeletal development, flexibility, balance and developing a strong core.
It provides physical exercise and is a fun way to keep pupils active and healthy. It can also improve sleep, aids digestion and reduces stress and anxiety.
With this in mind it is our aim to improve the standard of school aged swimming throughout Swansea enabling all pupils to enjoy a safe life-long love of the water.