Working in partnership with Swim England

Swimm England logoResearch by Swim England 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. 

We support pools and swimming instructors with:

  • Equipment for swimming lessons
  • Organising Achiever Awards
  • Providing instructors’ seminars to help expand the knowledge and skills of those guiding children to master this life-saving ability. 

Up to 35,000 children a year benefit from using pools involved in our scheme. They are taught by 1,000 fully-qualified, Swim England-standard teachers supported by Southern Water volunteer Learn to Swim coordinators.

Ian McAulay CEO, Southern WaterWe couldn't be more proud of the youngsters who, over the years, have taken part in the programme at more than 80 swimming centres and clubs across Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. And, of course, their achievements would not have been possible without the expertise and dedication of our instructors and partners, Swim England.

Ian McAulay - CEO, Southern Water

This award-winning programme celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. Since 1992, it has helped teach more than 750,000 children to swim so they can enjoy being in the water and stay safe. 

Jane Nickerson CEO, Swim EnglandWe’re delighted to support Southern Water and the fantastic work they do around improving the delivery of learn to swim lessons in the South and South East area. Southern Water are not only taking a proactive role in supporting their local community, they are also helping us achieve our goal to continuously improve the quantity, quality and consistency of the learn to swim programmes, ensuring we continue to grow the number of people able to swim.

Jane Nickerson - Swim England CEO

Our current Learn to Swim ambassadors are:

Duncan Goodhew MBE Olympic gold medallist

Duncan GoodhewDuncan Goodhew is a proud ambassador of the Southern Water Learn to Swim programme. A supporter for more than twenty years, Duncan has seen thousands of youngsters achieve their goals in the pool.

Still one of the most recognisable faces in British sport, today he devotes much of his time and energy to encouraging young people to swim and he still finds time for a dip in the pool most days.

The Learn to Swim programme is extraordinarily inspiring to children, families, carers and teachers by recognising those children that are so often passed over. Their stories are truly inspirational, encouraging teachers and children alike to work hard to achieve.

Duncan Goodhew - Olympic Gold Medalist

Mike Goody Former Senior Aircraftsman

Mike GoodyMike Goody’s life changed forever on his first tour of Afghanistan in 2008, when his armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The explosion shattered his left leg which he later elected to have amputated as well as a daily struggle with PTSD.

In 2011 Mike turned to his love of swimming to help rebuild his life. As an ex Junior GB swimmer – Mike rediscovered his motivation and competitive spirit. He competed in the inaugural Invictus Games.

Learning to swim under the scheme gave me the inspiration and motivation I needed to enjoy the sport. It is absolutely vital that children learn to swim, specially in our region which is home to 700 miles of coastline. I’m honoured to be an ambassador of Learn to Swim.

Mike Goody - Invictus Games Champion

Minister for Sport & Civil Society Tracey Crouch MP visited our project at Medway Park with young swimmers. parents and instructors.

Tracey Crouch MPLearn to Swim is a phenomenally successful project and I am grateful to Southern Water for continuing to support this scheme because it is really important that children are able to swim.

It is a life skill and it is something that could save their life

Tracey Crouch MP

Get involved!

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.

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