A third of children in England cannot swim by the time they leave primary school, according to research from the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).
The research suggests many non-swimmers have never had a school swimming lesson despite its being part of the national curriculum for seven-to-11-year-olds.
The ASA says swimming is the only curriculum subject that saves lives.
The Department for Education said schools must provide lessons and pupils must be taught to swim 25m unaided. (via BBC News - Primary schools ‘failing to honour swimming obligations’)