By the time your child leaves primary school they should be able to swim a minimum distance of 25 metres (the length of an average pool) unaided. This is the AMAA Stage 2 attainment level, yet an astonishing number of children leave school unable to meet this standard.

As well as being good for your child’s health, swimming is a skill that could ultimately save their life. Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children, and therefore it is absolutely vital that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim and gain core knowledge regarding water safety.

Even if your child can swim 25 metres, they may still be exposed to danger in water in the wrong circumstances. Your child should be encouraged to practice their swimming regularly to improve their basic skills and become a more competent swimmer.