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When I was little, I had swimming lessons. My parents insisted that we all go to the local swimming pool and work our way through their lesson programme – first earning our 5 metre swim badge, then moving up to 10 metres, 25 metres, 50 metres, and right up to the one where you have to jump in wearing pyjamas, then take them off. I didn’t like it much, especially the jumping in part.

When I went to middle school at the age of 9, there was a 25-metre pool on the grounds, which the PE department delighted in forcing us into, in what felt like sub-zero conditions. Outdoor pools that are heated by solar panels don’t get very warm in this country. I remember being really surprised that out of a class of 30, fewer than half of us were able to swim well. I had thought all children were dragged to the local pool once a week!

As it happens, 57% of children aged 7-11 don’t know how to swim. I find that pretty scary, to be honest. Especially since these days, the National Curriculum requires schools to teach children to swim 25 metres confidently and using a range of strokes – so that they can swim to safety should the need arise.

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Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

57 Comments
  • Tracy Nixon

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    I learned while at primary school. I remember we used to get the coach to the local pool once a week and my swimming teacher was called Mr Hook. I was scared of him so it put me off wanting to learn to swim. I think I learned when swimming wit my parents on holidays abroad.

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Thanks Tracy, I think a good teacher makes all the difference doesn't it!

  • Michelle Banks

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    it took me a while to learn to swim, but once i did i love it! teaching my grandaughter now!

  • Sarah Archibald

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    Oh I hated it. I got so worked up over jumping in I was physically sick, the teacher refused to let me use the stairs, so my mum eventually had to stop me going to lessons. I have my own child now, she's 3 and loves the pool. we're teaching her ourselves but she's fearless, loves jumping in. No holding back at all luckily! :)

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Oh, Sarah! I hated jumping in too, they kept putting me back a class because I wouldn't jump in, until I was noticeably taller than all the other kids in my class. S is fearless too and I'm trying really hard not to pass on my fear of jumping in!

  • ashleigh allan

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    I remember lots of swimming lessons!

  • Thismummylark

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    I've just started to take my little bot he seems to enjoy it. Thismummylark recently posted...Pet peeve!My Profile

  • Angela Turley

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    I was really lucky as I learnt to swim REALLY young as all my family were swimmers & my brother and me swam competitively, my daughter is just 3 and can swim - I think it's really important but think it has to be done gently and without expectations, I don't care if my daughter never gets the strokes right as long as she can get herself to the side of a pool & to safety!

  • laura stewart

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    my dad use to take me when i was really young

  • Mummy Fever

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    My dad taught me. He took me every Sunday morning and when he wanted me to swim a width he said he'd buy me a My Little Pony if I swam across - I swam there and back and told him I needed two my little ponies ! Mummy Fever recently posted...Fitness for new mumsMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      haha love it!

  • lynn heath

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    When we were kids we went to swimming lessons at the local pool, I cant really remember much about it, but now my kids have swimming lessons every Saturday and they love it!

  • Pamela Risk

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    In all honesty i don't remember much except i learned when i was at primary school. My granddaughter is 16 months & loves swimming,we take her every Friday morning, she is the reason i'm entering.Thank you.

  • claire woods

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    Learnt to swim at school.

  • Elizabeth Hinds

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    I learnt as a child and I loved it! There was the odd incident when I got a bit out of my depth (literally!) and had a bit of a scare but in general I always took to swimming quite naturally. Hope my daughters do too! :)

  • caroline walliss

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    My swim coach was amazing and had very little problems.x

  • Siobhan Davis

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    Great giveaway :) Would love the Shark float for my son on Holiday x

  • jodie crossley

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    i was always terrified only just started to enjoy swimming as an adult!

  • Zoe G

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    Mine was awful, I hated it, we rarely went at school which put me off, now I take both my children for lessons so they don't feel like that with swimming

  • aaron broad

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    I used to have swimming lessons twice a week once I was younger, hated them :(

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Oh dear Aaron. I hope you still managed to learn to swim though.

  • Stacey C

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    I taught myself to swim after desperately watching my older brother swimming in the deep end all the time & wanting to join him :) xx

    1. Vicky Charles

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      oh wow, really? That's determination!

  • Lisa Everaert

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    My Dad would take me to our local swimming pool every night for a few weeks (unsure how long) until i managed to get the hang of it. First with armbands, then with float and then all by myself.

  • Lynsey Buchanan

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    I am not very good at swimming I have a fear of water

  • Kelly L

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    I remember learning at school!

  • Tammy Tudor

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    I learned in primary school I remember being one of the last of all my friends to go in the 'big pool' I got there in the end :)

  • Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

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    I had swimming lessons as a kid- loved them and it's made me a really confident swimmer as an adult. We've been taking our tot to lessons since he was 6 months old. It's really important when we live in a hot country where lots of people have pools. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows recently posted...Sugar-Free Diet InsanityMy Profile

  • Sadie

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    I nearly drowned aged 3 and was then scared of water for years, until a holiday in Portugal aged 7 where my grandad taught me to swim, once I could swim I didn't stop and ended up competing nationally as a swimmer - now I don't put pressure on my kids to learn to swim, I just want them to be happy and confident in the water, the swimming will come in there time x x Sadie recently posted...Pocket MoneyMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      oh wow Sadie, what a thing to overcome!

  • esther james

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    I'm not a great swimmer- I never had lessons, except for in school

  • Rich Tyler

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    Remember 1st schools outside swimming pool - BrrrRRR!

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Ouch! Outside pools were killer! And they always had bugs and odd things floating in them!

  • Sara JaneG

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    My son has just started lessons, he loves them

  • MichelleD

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    I learnt to swim in the sea in Greece when I was about 5!

  • Miss Janet Carter

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    I learnt to swim when I was 5.Hated it then but love it now.It's a great form of exercise and fun too.

  • Becca Staples

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    Not a good experience for me, was always too scared. Although i'm making sure my twin boys don't follow in my footsteps x

    1. Vicky Charles

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      I was always scared too Becca, I wouldn't jump in and they kept putting me back a class!

  • Eve Burke

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    I don't remember my own experience but have a 4 year old that I signed up for lessons when he was 3. Way to young. He didn't even get his foot wet. A man behind me was cracking up and said "I wonder who's kid that it?" I was like - "Helllooooo - he is mine". He has just started a crash course in swimming with his school - he is behind the rest of his class (he is the youngest) but I am sure with an extra bit of help and encouragement - he will be a star.

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Oh that's interesting Eve, I was wondering whether to put my daughter in for classes but she's only 3 - perhaps she's too young then.

  • Sharon Mclauchlan

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    i learned to swim when i was ten and decided to teach my children young as believe it an important life skill. My oldest swam at age 3 she is now 9 and is swimming in a swim team and winning medals. My youngest is 5 months and we have been few times already.

    1. Vicky Charles

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      That's fantastic Sharon, I think you're right - it is important.

  • kim neville

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    Remember going to swimming lessons with my sister and we loved to practise and try things out

  • Kat Allinson

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    I had an awful time learning to swim, as a young child I got repeatedly thrown into the pool by an adult and I have to admit I am still not very confident in the water.

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Oh my gosh Kat, that's an awful way to teach someone to swim! It's no wonder you're not confident in the water.

  • Ema J Lowe

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    I was about 6/7 when my dad used to take me to swimming lessons. Our 4 year old is needing to learn without her wings, but not sure she will go in the pool without me, if I book her lessons.

  • Emma Fox

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    I learnt to swim at the end of Primary school which is far to late given there is lots of water where I lived as a child. Therefore my son is already learning to swim.

  • Tina Holmes

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    My mom started me young and I always loved swimming.

  • Natalie Crossan

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    I was a slow learner due to a bad experience aged 2 xx

  • Leanne Bell

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    My 5 year old has been having swimming lessons since she was 3 x

  • olivia Kirby

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    I can't remember anything about learning to swim but I know that I got all my badges so don't think it was too difficult!

  • Katie

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    I LOVED learning to swim! I was the first in my group to get to 10 metres. I had a great swimming teacher and learnt at the local leisure centre but then when I went to school I had a really crap teacher and the pool we swam in was always freezing and pretty run down so I lost interest and was put off. Recently on holiday I did some swimming and remembered how much I enjoyed it, I'd love to start going a couple times a month.

  • Vickie Jackson

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    I learnt to swim at first school but couldn't quite get it. Once I moved to middle school that was it, it clicked and I loved it :)

  • Julieanne Seaman

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    I learnt to swim at my primary school but we had the strictest coach imaginable so every so often on Wednesday before lunch I would 'get a migraine' and have to go home, however the lessons I did I still learnt to swim.

  • jessica newman

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    I have never been a strong swimmer and found lessons hard when i was young, but i love swimming now for fitness

  • Em S

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    I was 14 and it was embarassing

  • Ellie Spider

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    I actually dont remember learning to swim - my parents took me swimming from when I was a baby and I have always been able to swim as far as I can remember. However, I do remember the torture that was swimming lessons in high school (my school had it's own swimming pool) boys and girls had swimming lessons separately but if you were unfortunate enough to have PE near the lunch time EVERYONE would see you in your swim suit - not something any teenage girl really wants :( Ellie Spider recently posted...+365 days 183 -My Profile

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