Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) commission Aylesbury Vale Teaching Partnership (AVTP) to provide essential swimming information, advice, guidance and training to Buckinghamshire schools on safe practice in school swimming, to keep everyone involved in school swimming safe.
BCC in association with AVTP produce a Safe Practice in School Swimming Policy which sets out the policies and provides guidance and advice on safe practice in school swimming, whether at a school pool, hydrotherapy pool, public pool or during school visits.
Please refer to the AVTP website.
Swimming is a highly beneficial life-saving activity. It supports the acquisition and development of physical literacy, along with skills for health and enjoyment. Swimming is after all ‘Wet PE!’ As a threshold skill, it also gives access to many other water based recreational activities.
Swimming is one of the few activities that people can enjoy all their lives either on their own, with family or friends of the same or different ages, whether just for fun or competitively. We owe it to our youngsters to give them the best chance to learn to swim as well and as early as possible. Nevertheless, it also carries the risk of death through drowning or injury by brain damage through near drowning. The teaching of swimming and water safety therefore requires the utmost care on the part of all concerned.
Working in partnership will ensure a consistent joined up approach in the planning and delivery of safe, quality school swimming lessons.