New figures have revealed that more than 1.1 million primary school children have broken up from the summer holidays unable to be safe in and around water.
Calderdale Council is now running additional swimming lessons at all Calderdale pools including the one in Bradford Road, Brighouse, this summer. These include crash course in learning to swim, lifesaving course and snorkelling and diving lessons. There are also fun swims for those who want to spend time with their families in the water.
Recent figures from a national Amateur Swimming Association survey of 3,501 primary schools, revealed that 51 per cent of children aged seven to 11 can’t swim 25 metres unaided – the length of a typical swimming pool.
The report, the largest ever investigation into the state of school swimming, found that schools are not achieving anywhere near the recommended level of delivery time.
The average state school pupil spends just eight hours and 15 minutes a year in swimming lessons at school, which is well under the 22 hours the Department for Education recommends in the current National Curriculum.
The council’s spokesman for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney said: “It’s incredibly important that children have at least a basic level of swimming ability. Many accidents involving water can be avoided, and crash courses like these can really help those who can’t commit to long-term lessons.”