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The “Swimming for All – Swimming for Life” is a special programme with the goal to teach children how to swim and to promote physical activity through swimming across the globe. It will offer standard criteria to teach swimming at a global scale and will mostly be carried out in those countries on the five continents that need it most.

The programme’s main objective is to offer the possibility to individuals from all ages, different backgrounds and capacities, of taking swimming lessons.

Swimming is a tool to protect people’s lives from the dangers of drowning: according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global report on drowning of 18th November 2014, 372’000 people die each year due to drowning. Through this programme, FINA is committed to improving these alarming statistics in close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), United Nations agencies, governments, non-governmental organizations and FINA members.

In order to implement this ambitious programme, FINA has created a Technical Commission to be in charge of the technical development. It is composed by specialists who will coordinate the programme in each continent.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) believes that the “Swimming for All, Swimming for Life” project launched in collaboration with the International Swimming Federation (FINA) is making a significant contribution to human development due to its massive impact in terms of cutting the risk of drowning and water-related accidents caused by an inability to swim.

A brochure underlining the the importance of this programme and to demonstrate the cooperation between FINA and CIGEPS-UNESCO can be found below

Archive presentations and press clippings can be downloaded from below