Millions of youngsters are unable to swim due to financial constraints.
Millions of school-aged youngsters are unable to swim due to financial constraints. Researchers discovered that 12% of children are unable to participate in this activity at all, while 20% can only do so with the assistance of floats or arm bands.
More than a fifth (21%) of parents with children who can’t swim said their children struggle because they’re terrified of the water, while one in five (19%) said they can’t afford to pay for individual lessons for their children.
Swimming is a crucial and potentially life-saving ability to have, and it should be the one non-negotiable after-school activity.
Former British Olympian and World Champion swimmer Katy Sexton MBE
According to a survey commissioned by Slazenger swimwear with LYCRA XTRA LIFETM fiber, 16 percent of parents agree that school swimming lessons are their children’s only time in the water.
Katy Sexton MBE, a former British Olympian, Commonwealth champion, and World Champion swimmer, said: “School swimming isn’t enough.”
“Schools do their best, but learning to swim takes an average of 20 hours, and there is simply not enough time in the school year to achieve that level.
“Swimming is a vital and potentially life-saving skill to acquire, and it should be the single non-negotiable after-school activity — at least until your child is competent.”
The cost of swimwear also prevents four out of ten parents from going to the pool with their children more frequently, according to the report.
And 51% stated they wouldn’t be able to afford swimming lessons at school if they weren’t subsidized.
Six out of ten parents (58%) said they would be more likely to take their children swimming if it were more affordable in general, but 29 percent of kids only swim when they were on vacation.
Other obstacles to learning to swim include youngsters who do not want to take official lessons and parents who do not want to get in the water.
As a result, 55 percent of parents entrust their children’s swimming instruction to schools.
“Unfortunately, the expense can be a huge obstacle, with the price of swimming lessons both privately and in school, swimwear, and accessories all piling up – especially for families who have more than one child,” said Virginie Moille, spokeswoman for the LYCRA Brand.
“And this appears to be the case.”Brinkwire Summary News”.