Swimming & Water Safety
Swimming and water safety are a key aspect of the new curriculum and particularly relevant for Cornwall. In addition to the safety aspect, swimming helps to develop key basic fundamental coordination competencies that can underpin and support the development of some of the land-based fundamental movements such as running, jumping and throwing and so with this in mind it should be introduced at the earliest possible opportunity.
The ASA is the national governing body for swimming in England and they deliver learn to swim programmes through their British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway and the Kellogg's ASA Awards Scheme, which complements the Pathway and rewards children all over the world when they are learning to swim.
School are also being encouraged to sign up to the ASA Swimming Charter, pledging that all their pupils will be able to swim at least 25m before they leave Primary School. More information on the charter can be found here.
Swim safe is back for Summer 2016! Swim Safe for Schools, the UK's FREE outdoor swimming and water safety programme for children in Key Stages 2 and 3, will be returning to beaches, lakes and sea pools across the UK this summer term.
Taking place just before the summer holidays, when families will be making the most of the UK's great outdoors, the one hour sessions teach children vital skills for staying safe while having fun in the water. School sessions will be running at 9 locations across the UK, including the Lake District, Jersey, Bournemouth, Wales, Penzance, Durham, the Isles of Scilly and two locations in Plymouth.
Practical, interactive, educational and fun, each session includes a land-based safety lesson with a lifeguard and in-water tuition with a swimming teacher. Wetsuits, swimming hats and a free goody bag with t-shirt are all provided.
Swim Safe began in 2013 when the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) joined together to teach young people the skills of staying safe in open water, an environment with more challenges and dangers than those found in an indoor swimming pool. As the summer holiday sessions grew in popularity, the programme was developed to include Swim Safe for Schools, exclusive sessions for school pupils during the summer term.
Swim Safe for Schools contributes to the national curriculum attainment outcome of giving children the opportunity to swim in different aquatic environments. The programme will provide them with the skills to perform safe self-rescue in those environments.