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 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:
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.
Ian McAulay, Chief Executive Officer, 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, Swim England CEO
Our current Learn to Swim ambassadors are:
Duncan Goodhew MBE Olympic gold medallist
Duncan 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.
Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Gold Medalist
Mike Goody Former Senior Aircraftsman Mike 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.
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 MP
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.