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#LoveSwimming to inspire 14 million adults who cannot swim in England

Posted: Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:25

#LoveSwimming to inspire 14 million adults who cannot swim in England

One in three adults in England cannot swim, according to new statistics released on the 22nd October.

Now Swim England is to highlight the benefits of swimming as a valuable life skill in a nationwide drive to encourage more adults to take the plunge and learn how to swim.

Through the #LoveSwimming campaign, the achievements of adults who have conquered a fear of the water or simply decided it's never too late to learn will be celebrated in a bid to inspire others.

The latest figures show 14.2 million – one in three of the adult population in England (31 per cent) – cannot swim one length of a 25m pool.

Among them is Helen Mbaziira, who was keen to learn how to swim after her daughter came into difficulty in a swimming pool and she felt helpless and unable to save her.

Originally from Uganda where swimming lessons were not part of the culture and never really encouraged, the 43-year-old developed a fear of the water after witnessing many drownings.

She admitted she was worried what people might think about the fact she was not able to swim.

Helen, who now lives in Oxford and learned to swim at Didcot Wave Leisure Centre, said: "It's been my goal, my dream, to be able to swim and I've gone for it.

"If there is no public-associated stigma as an adult who couldn't swim, at least there was an internal stigma for myself. I was really worried what people might think of me and why I have not been able to swim up until this point in time.

To find out more about swimming facilities and lessons near you, visit swimming.org/poolfinder.

The #LoveSwimming campaign is delivered by Swim England in partnership with Active Nation, Barnsley Premire Leisure, BH Live Active, Everyone Active, Freedom Leisure, GLL, Nuffield Health, Places Leisure and Serco.

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