Swimming and Aquatics
Swimming has been around for centuries. It is one of the most popular sports for individuals and teams. Common water-based disciplines include recreational/competitive lane swimming, water polo, artistic swimming, diving, open water swimming and different forms of water aerobics.Continue reading
Getting involved in Swimming and Aquatics
School Games Formats
- Intra-School Primary: Competition Cards (Aquasplash)
- Intra-School Primary: Challenge Cards
- Intra-School Secondary: Competition Cards
- Local Inter-School: Competition Cards
To support the Intraschool primary competition format, Swim England offers ‘Aquasplash’. This is a fun, inclusive gala for primary schools. It’s made up of eight team-based activities that encourage healthy competition and cover skills across the aquatic disciplines. Aquasplash not only forms part of the School Games, it’s also a great celebration event for skills learnt during school swimming lessons. Additional free resources and further information can be found at: www.swimming.org/schools/aquasplash
The Big School Swim
The Big School Swim is an annual event that celebrates swimming in schools. It attracts over 70,000 pupils and almost 6000 schools each year and is fantastic way to help your pupils continue to see the fun and importance of swimming and water safety at school. Find out more and get involved for free: www.swimming.org/swimengland/big-school-swim
School Swimming and Water Safety Charter
Swim England offers schools the School Swimming and Water Safety Charter to help them deliver curriculum swimming to primary school pupils and meet the national curriculum requirements for school swimming. There are thousands of schools in England that are successfully delivering their swimming lessons using the charter guidance and resource packs, and boosting pupil attainment. Why not join them: www.swimming.org/schools/school-swimming-water-safety-charter
Activities to do at home
Schools that sign up to the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter are supplied with a whole range of lesson plan templates, activity sheets and worksheets, which link in with the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety, and can be done either at home or in the classroom – outside of the pool environment. Some of these resources are also offered for free via the Swim England digital library.
Visit the school swimming section of the Swim England digital library to download free resources.