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Swim England’s Big School Swim 2022 is back

A young child swimming underwater in a swimming pool

Schools can now sign up for a nationwide week-long celebration of swimming and water safety which is returning for the first time in three years.

Swim England’s Big School Swim takes place from Monday 14th to Friday 18th November.

More than 70,000 pupils from 5,733 schools got involved in 2019 when it was held in pools and classrooms up and down the country.

Teachers are being encouraged to sign up their primary schools and help spread the ‘important’ message of being safe in and around water.

All children leaving primary school should be able to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations and swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively.

On signing up, schools will receive lesson plans for the pool, tasks to complete in the classroom or at home, information relating to swimming preparation, water safety and cold water shock plus fun art activities and certificates.