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Learn to Swim

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.


Working in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association

Amateur Swimming Association logoResearch 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.

Our Learn to Swim scheme

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:

  • 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, 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.

Our ASA partners said

We’re delighted to be partners with Southern Water going forward on this. Southern Water do a fantastic job and we need more companies thinking about how they can contribute to the community.

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.

There is so much to Learn to Swim, not just 'there you go, there’s your badge'. More companies should support learning to swim and that’s what’s been so nice to see from Southern Water.

Rebecca Adlington, Olympic swimming champion

Local pools

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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