Swimming is an essential life saving skill and an enjoyable physical activity. The British Isles have an abundance of coastline, rivers, Lakeland areas, inland waterways and swimming pool facilities. This high accessibility to water demands that its inhabitants have the ability both to survive in water and exploit to the full its potential for sport, leisure and health giving exercise.
As a skill crucial to life preservation, the ability to survive in water is essential not only to swimming but to many other water-related activities such as canoeing or sailing. Not surprisingly, youth and inexperience are major contributory factors in drowning fatalities. Every year approximately half of the people who drown are aged under 15.
The teaching of swimming and water skills in general has assumed a greater importance in school life since the welcome introduction of a ‘water skills’ element into the National Curriculum. By the end of Key Stage 2 (11 years of age), all pupils are expected to be able to swim at least 25 metres, have basic skills in personal survival and demonstrate an understanding of water safety.
At Northwick Park we asked our parents and carers the following questions;
- Can your child swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Can your child use a range of strokes effectively.
- Can your child perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Northwick Park swimming questionnaire results;
- 56% of children can swim at least 25m confidently.
- 47% of children can front crawl,back crawl or breast stroke well.
- 34% of children can perform self-rescue in different water situations.
Information collected from parents and guardians from children in Northwick Park Academy Trust.