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Paris 1945

Paris 1945

Swimming in Paris has a connection with both Leicester and the Olympics. Leicester swimmer John/Jack Arthur Jarvis won 108 swimming championships including two golds at the Paris Olympics in 1900. He learned to swim in the canal in Leicester and founded the Leicester Swimming Club. He was one of only 15 swimmers honored at the official opening of America’s Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.

Discover the history of swimming…

Wild Swimmer

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The Roman proverb: ‘An ignorant man neither knows how to read nor to swim,’  reveals just how the Romans esteemed swimming. Just as we frown on illiteracy today, they looked down on non-swimmers as incompetent. For the Romans the skill was essential and should a child find themselves in danger, no amount of academic achievement will compensate for an inability to swim.

To understand why lifesaving swimming skills are viewed as less important today you need to dip beneath the surface of swimming history here in the UK.

Meanwhile the fact remains that in Leicester “only 18 primary schools in the city and county are known to be meeting the Government’s swimming targets” reports the Leicester Mercury “The average state school pupil spends just eight hours and 15 minutes a year in swimming lessons at school – well under the 22 hours recommended by the Department for Education.

This lack of education is one of the reasons behind a blanket ban on swimming in the rivers and lakes of Leicester and indeed throughout much of England.

Swim Safe water safety advice for PARENTS and CHILDREN

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NO SWIMMING IN LEICESTER

NO SWIMMING IN LEICESTER

Read my letter of response to Adrian Lane Senior Riverside Officer for Leicester City Council regarding the prejudice shown towards outdoor swimmers in Leicester.

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