Swimming skills are important to prevent drowning
There is a lot of water in the Netherlands and many leisure and exercise activities are water-based. The ability to swim well is therefore important in order to prevent drowning. Furthermore, swimming is a healthy leisure activity that people often enjoy. It is therefore important that children learn to swim. During swimming lessons, children learn basic techniques to move in water. They also get used to what it feels like to play and exercise in water. As a result, their swimming skills improve.