Only 2% of schools delivered the recommended 22 hours a year of swimming lessons. Clearly the cost of lessons, transport and the upheaval on the school day all act as a deterrent to incorporating swimming lessons into schools' timetables. With those facts in mind let's look at the reasons why it would be beneficial for you to teach your child to swim:
One in three children leave school unable to swim and yet drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children. When you think that 200,000 children leave primary school unable to swim it makes the decision to spend time with your child remedying this situation a real consideration for their future safety.
Learning a new skill helps a child feel more confident and capable. Being able to swim, ride a bike, do something physical allows a child to feel that they can confidently join in and play with other children.
They are readily able to engage with others and feel sure of their own abilities. A child can also feel a sense of pride and accomplishment as he or she perhaps set themselves new goals to develop further, maybe aim to increase the distance they can swim or learn new strokes as they progress.