All schools should provide swimming instruction. In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently in working towards the use of a range of strokes effectively e.g. front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke. Pupils should also be taught to perform safe self- rescue in different water-based situations In this unit pupils learn to enjoy being in water and become more confident.
They learn how to keep afloat, move in the water, meet challenges and breathe when swimming. At first they use swimming aids and support – in time, some pupils will manage without these. In all swimming activities, pupils have to keep afloat and propel themselves through water. Learning to swim enables them to take part in a range of water-based activities.