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For your child’s safety, swimwear must be fit for purpose. It should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance and drag.
Boys: Trunks or lycra shorts – NOT beach, gym or football shorts
Girls: a one-piece swimming costume – NOT bikinis or tankinis
Swim Caps
Swim Caps are required for both health & safety as well as hygiene reasons.
Children are allowed to wear goggles in their swimming lessons. All goggles should be made of unbreakable plastic and be of BS (British Safety) standard. Children should be aware of how to wear and remove them safely prior to their first lesson.
Physical Education Safe Practice states that all jewellery, including ear rings and religious adornments must be removed. However, KAL appreciate that this is not always easy to ensure, therefore would request that parents/guardians please check that if their child’s ears are pierced they wear simple stud type earrings if due to attend school swimming lessons.
Medical Issues/Exclusions
If your child has any medical conditions, please ensure that your school informs the KAL school swimming teachers prior to their first lesson. Any medication (e.g. asthma inhalers) must accompany children to the pool. Swimming is a life-saving skill and a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, therefore children will only be allowed to be excluded on medical grounds that are supported by a medical certificate.
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