Half of children aged 7 to 11 cannot swim 25 metres

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has joined forces with the Duke of Cambridge to make swimming more accessible for children at primary schools. A report from the Association found:

  • Half of children aged between 7 and 11 cannot swim the length of a typical swimming pool (25 metres) unaided, despite swimming being a compulsory element of the national curriculum
  • This means 1.1 million children are unable to be safe in and around water

Source: The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)

Watch: Prince William's video message supporting the campaign

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William backs swimming drive

Prince William has recorded a video message in support of the Amateur Swimming Association's (ASA) vision that every child has the right to learn to swim. An ASA report has found more than half of children aged 7-11 years cannot swim 25 metres.