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  Many kids 'don't know how to swim'
Updated 01 August 2003, 07.43
Not enough children are learning how to swim
Loads of children could be in danger because they're leaving primary school not knowing how to swim.

Around one in every six primary pupils in England and Wales can barely swim a stroke when they leave school, a survey's shown.

Sport experts think this is terrible because:

  • It's dangerous as children could get into trouble in the sea and pools
  • It's bad for the future of swimming as a sport
  • Schools are not meeting the National Curriculum, which says 11 year olds must be able to swim at least 25 metres

The biggest fear is that children could be at risk if they can't swim.

Around 50 children die from drowning every year.

Sports get forgotten

Not knowing how to swim can be dangerous
But some teachers say it's not surprising not all kids learn to swim at school.

They say there's so much pressure for schools to do well at maths and English, that sports get forgotten.

And many schools are getting less cash, so they can't afford to give kids swimming lessons.

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