Journal Frankfurt News – Swimming school water fleas get certificate

Pools and clubs that offer swimming lessons for children are honored with the “Hessen Learns to Swim” campaign. As of Thursday, the Wasserflöhe swimming school in Frankfurt is one of the previously awarded institutions.

Even before the coronavirus epidemic, the number of non-swimmers in Germany was at an all-time low. According to a representative survey by Forsa in 2018, sixty percent of primary school-age children and about half of adults in Germany did not know how to swim. Due to the temporary closure of swimming pools during the 2020 lockdown, the number of non-swimmers got even worse. However, one can breathe easy. According to the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), 33 percent more people started learning to swim in 2021 than in 2020.

With the “Hessen learns to swim” campaign DLRG Landesverband Hessen e. V. in cooperation with the Hessian Swimming Association eV, the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and the Hessian Ministry of Education, pools and clubs that offer swimming lessons for children. Since November 2021, 45 institutions have received awards within the campaign. Among them is the Wasserflöhe swimming school in Frankfurt, which received the award at the Eckenheim swimming pool on November 3. From July 2021 to July 2022, according to owner Daniela Youmus, 274 seahorses and bronze badges were awarded.

Yumus has been running the Wasserflöhe swimming school for 23 years. He and his team offer swimming lessons for children and water fitness classes for adults at the Hufeland-Haus swimming pool in both Eckenheim and Seckbach. The number of non-swimmers and the worsening of swimmers through the epidemic also comes from the fact that there are fewer and fewer swimming pools in Frankfurt, says Yumus. “Pool maintenance is an incredible job.” The consequences of the war in Ukraine are also reflected in rising energy costs and supply problems. The result: cooler water temperatures. The award means a lot to Yumus, especially in these times. “I am really happy that my team and I were able to teach so many children to swim.”

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