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Learn to Swim

5 enfants nagent dans une piscine

Because learning to swim represents not just a physical activity but the acquisition of an essential skill for us all, Paris 2024 is lending a hand. In Seine-Saint-Denis, one of the host departments of the Paris 2024 Games, one in every two children starting secondary school does not know how to swim. Which is why Paris 2024, the French National Sports Agency, the French Swimming Federation and the towns of Clichy-sous-Bois, Villetaneuse, Sevran and Bagnolet have come together to launch an initiative for summer 2021 entitled “Savoir-nager en Seine-Saint-Denis” (“Learn to Swim in Seine-Saint-Denis”).

With 1.6 million inhabitants and only 36 pools, Seine-Saint-Denis is the country’s worst-equipped department for swimming. The Games provide the opportunity to develop the sporting infrastructure in Seine-Saint-Denis. Following the lead of the Olympic Aquatics Centre, the major aquatics facility that France has been demanding for over 10 years, five new swimming pools will be built or renovated in Seine-Saint-Denis by 2024, as well as six gyms and leisure centres. In the meantime, Paris 2024 and its stakeholders are rallying together to make swimming lessons more accessible for the inhabitants of the Seine-Saint-Denis department.

Swimming lessons for 2,000 children

Throughout the summer of 2021, swimming and water safety lessons will be offered to almost two thousand 4- to 12-year-olds who do not yet know how to swim. The lessons will run until 29 August and are being held in four temporary pools set up for the occasion. Twenty swimming instructors will be on-hand throughout the summer to lead the courses, which are each made up of ten 45-minute sessions spread over two weeks. The children will take the lessons in groups of ten, in strict compliance with the applicable healthcare regulations. A certain number of swimming lessons for adults are also being offered by the towns where the swimming pools are located.

Gilles Sezionale, Président of the French Swimming Federation

The teaching of swimming is imperative for our individual and collective safety, and ensuring that people know how to swim is a genuine concern for society. In this context, I have been determined to make learning to swim a priority for our federation. The prospect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 must serve as a veritable catalyst to profoundly transform our society and move us on from being a nation of sportspeople to being a sporting nation.

Calendar of children’s lessons

5 July to 28 AugustClichy sous-Bois, Allée Henri Barbusse
5 July to 28 AugustVilletaneuse, 6 rue Paul Langevin
2 August to 29 AugustSevran, 34 rue Gabriel Peri
19 July to 29 AugustBagnolet, 15 Avenue Raspail Stade de la Briquetterie

Registrations open from 30 june