Children should finally be able to make their seahorses again!

Every year around 5500 children take a swimming course. But Corona makes that almost impossible. City and politics want to take countermeasures as quickly as possible.

Dresden – Every year around 5500 children complete a swimming course during their school days, and many only pass their “seahorses” there. But Corona makes that almost impossible. City and politics want to take countermeasures as quickly as possible.

Last summer there were specially organized courses for students who could not yet swim. © Thomas Türpe

The first lockdown at the beginning of 2020 caused swimming lessons to stall.

Swimming instructor Sebastian Halgasch (40) estimated in the summer that around 500 children had not learned to swim at the time.

City and country were able to compensate for this with an enormous effort.

“When the swimming pools were closed last year, 22 lessons had been completed. That is why we were able to speak of completing the swimming course in the state capital last year,” says Petra Nikolov (55) from the State Office for Schools and Education.

Currently, however, no child has yet achieved the swimming lessons specified in the curriculum.

The CDU in the city council therefore wants to ensure that the seahorse offensive started in the summer is continued. If the council agrees, the catch-up swimming courses would take place not only in the summer holidays, but also in the following autumn and winter.

“All children have to learn to swim,” says CDU councilor Matthias Dietze (48).

Support comes from the town hall, that’s where it is money ready for it.

The Bäder GmbH is also preparing. Chef Matthias Waurick (58), for example, wants to leave the indoor pools open in summer to enable further swimming courses.

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