Medway Council is supporting a national campaign to help schoolchildren learn about water safety.
The Big School Swim is an annual national event, organised by Swim England, to highlight the importance of learning to swim.
More than 2,000 children will take part at sports centres across Medway from Monday, 12 to Friday, 16 November. They will be taught water safety techniques, develop their coordination as well as aquatic breathing and teamwork. Children will also be taught rescue techniques.
Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We’re proud to have signed up to the Big School Swim for the third year in a row. All children should have the opportunity to learn how to swim and to be taught how to stay safe in water. Swimming is an incredibly important life skill and I’m pleased that hundreds of children across Medway will be taught about water safety.”
Medway Council’s Medway Sport Swim Academy offers schools structured swimming lessons and, from January 2019 they will also be offering top-up lessons for Year 6 children who are unlikely to meet the national curriculum standard by the end of their time at primary school, which includes being able to swim competently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.