Swimming and Aquatics

Swimming is one of the most popular sports for individuals and teams. Common water-based disciplines include lane swimming, water polo, artistic swimming, diving, open water swimming and different forms of water aerobics.
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What is swimming and aquatics?

Swimming is completely unique. It’s the only sport that can ultimately save lives through the water safety skills that it requires, as well as offering a combination of fun, health and wellbeing, and fitness benefits. Swimming and water safety are part of the national curriculum for PE at key stages 1 and 2.

The School Games format for swimming includes resources that encourage healthy competition and skill development in primary school children of all abilities. Swim England, swimming’s national governing body, provides supplementary resources and guidance on how schools can run or get involved aquatic activities throughout the year to continue pupils’ skill development.

These games and activities align with the national curriculum requirements for swimming, helping pupils develop essential skills in a fun yet structured way, and schools to meet their PE attainment targets. They can be delivered in group swimming lesson environments with minimal or basic equipment, that is readily available at most swimming pools.

Find out more about how to run swimming and aquatic formats.

Equipment needed

  • Access to a swimming pool
  • Hoops, noodles, and floats (various sizes)
  • Floating and sinking objects
  • Water polo balls

Get involved

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

Sign up to find your local SGO