50% of primary school children cannot swim

Children at indoor pool with swim instructor Credit: PA

Nearly half of all primary school children in the Central region can't swim 25 metres on their own.

Mobile swimming pools are being taken into schools today to help youngsters develop their confidence in the water.

Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death of children in England.

David Walker at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said:

“RoSPA is astounded at how bad some of these figures are. Having the swimming and water safety skills to save yourself or others doesn’t come instinctively, it has to be taught.”