Reaching new heights with swim programme in Mozambique

This year’s programme in Mozambique has proved more successful than ever. Not only have we taught a record number of children in one day, we’re breaking down barriers by training women to become swimming teachers.

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We’re all in awe of Channel swimmer Sophie

Anybody who’s heard about the feat of Channel swimmer Sophie Etheridge cannot fail to be amazed at her resilience.

Sophie, an adaptive swimmer using only her arms, completed the challenge in 29 hours and 4 minutes, which is believed to be a world record for the longest crossing.

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Diabetes proves no barrier for long distance swimmer

When Mark Holmes was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2021, he thought his open water
swimming days were over, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Two years on, and with several
long-distance swims under his belt, he’s as passionate now as ever and attributes his swimming to
helping maintain his health and mental wellbeing.

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Drowning message gets splash of colour thanks to street artist

London street artist EyeSaw – AKA Paul Cottie – has put drowning prevention in the picture by
painting a 2m high mural in the Cotswolds.

Carrying the clear message ‘Think before you sink’, the artwork was created to mark World
Drowning Prevention Day and was commissioned by swimming charity SwimTayka.

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Are you ready to make a splash?

It’s time to celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day with SwimTayka! 

Are you ready to make a splash? It’s time to mark World Drowning Prevention Day with SwimTayka! 

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Training swim teachers and aquatic helpers in Jamaica.

Teaching children to swim and be safe in the water is a skill that needs mastering, which is why two
experienced swim teachers and tutors – Adam Knight and Camilla Golledge – have recently been out to

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Channel swim moves 5,500 miles – to South Korea!

It may seem unlikely that a Channel swim can take place anywhere other than between England and France, but that is exactly what happened when students in South Korea got together to stage a fundraiser for SwimTayka.

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Swimming in Peru: seven weeks of lessons are underway

We’re helping more children than even to learn to swim in Peru, thanks to our partnership with NGO on the ground Otra Cosa Network.

And we’re thrilled that soon among the volunteers could be some of the children who learnt to swim on a SwimTayka programme.

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Chairman Report 2022

What a year. Coming out of the pandemic, with our full complement of volunteers this year, it was challenging but very successful, as they all supported the programmes and our partnering organisations worldwide.

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Double gold for SwimTayka’s Bryan Avery at Ice Swimming World Championships

Last week saw Samoéns, in France, host the 5th Ice Swimming World Championships and we’re delighted that our very own Bryan Avery was taking part.

Bryan is an enthusiastic open-water swimmer, and he was representing Team GB in the 100m and 50m breaststroke swims.

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