Learn to Swim programme

New Zealand has one of the highest drowning rates in the developed world - twice as high as Australia and three times as high as the United Kingdom and the United States. Changes in the school curriculum mean that learning to swim is no longer an automatic part of growing up in New Zealand and many families are not able to pay for private swimming lessons.

Swimming and water confidence are a key part of the Fundamental Movement Skills project. Swimming develops both locomotor and stability skills in children and builds self confidence and self awareness. The Learn to Swim initiative works with regional sports trusts and local authorities to get swimming and water safety education up and running. The initiative facilitates the work required for schools to get children in the water, including funding for pool entry and professional development.

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