With our region's beautiful 700-mile coastline and many miles of rivers, we believe it’s appropriate for us to help teach children to stay safe around water.
Research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) shows that 1.1 million children aged seven to 11 leave school unable to swim. Our Learn to Swim programme aims to help youngsters in our region avoid falling into this category.
Please note, our programme is only available to pools and clubs within the Southern Water region.
This award-winning programme celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1992, it has helped teach more than 750,000 children to swim so they can enjoy being in the water and stay safe.
We support pools and swimming instructors with:
Up to 35,000 children a year benefit from using pools involved in our scheme. They are taught by 1,000 fully-qualified, ASA-standard teachers supported by Southern Water volunteer Learn to Swim coordinators.
The scheme wouldn’t be possible without the support of our supplier Clancy Docwra.
Our ambassador, Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE, has supported the scheme since it began and is a regular guest at our Learn to Swim events.
Jon Glenn, Head of Youth and Community, ASA
Learn to Swim has also attracted the attention of some notable stars from the worlds of sport, business and media.
Rebecca Adlington, Olympic swimming champion
Find a local pool or club near you which offers Southern Water's Learn to Swim activities. Please contact the pool direct for cost, timings and information on swimming lessons.