The WSC is a start up social enterprise, that harnesses the power of swimming to strengthen communities.
Swimming is a gateway to new skills and opportunities, and a powerful intervention to help address some of the biggest challenges facing our communities.
Yet one in four adults in the UK cannot swim and 41% of children leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres. In the last decade, half a million women have refused to swim through fear of judgement, one in two mothers have stopped taking their children to learn to swim because of body image concerns and women are three times more likely than men to give up pool swimming. Nationally, sports centres report a shortage of swim teachers and lifeguards. And globally, every other minute, a child dies from drowning.
We are changing that.
Previously known as A Lotus Rises, what started out as a blog and online community promoting visibility, access and participation of women in swimming; has grown into a Women’s Swimming Collective, that offers swim coaching and designs and delivers swim projects with local community groups, alongside a variety of advocacy and community engagement, to strengthen our swimming environment.
We work collaboratively across the waterscape and believe that:
- Learning to swim is a human right; and
- Women are the driving force to inform and deliver the changes we need, so that all communities can enjoy the water.