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Last updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

On this page you can find information about swimming in the Netherlands and swimming lessons for children.

Swimming lessons for children

Swimming lessons are very important, because the Netherlands is surrounded by water. Dutch children therefore start swimming lessons at an early age. It is also important for children from Ukraine to learn to swim. Municipalities can help you pay for swimming lessons for children. There are often schemes available that make it possible to pay for swimming lessons. The schemes, their availability and conditions may vary from municipality to municipality. For more information, always check with your municipality first. Want to know where swimming lessons are in your area? Then look at the map of 'alles over zwemles' (everything about swimming lessons).

The website is only available in Dutch, but you can enter the name of your place of residence in the search bar to find out which swimming pool is near you.


Swimming safety

Be careful if you want to swim in natural water in the Netherlands. The dangers of the sea or a lake are different from those of a swimming pool. Via the vlogs of Yasir, Muayad and Robiel, you can learn about the risks of swimming and water. the videos are available with English subtitles. Can't swim and want to learn? You can also take swimming lessons as an adult. Check this map to find a swimming pool near you. The website is only available in Dutch, but you can enter the name of your hometown in the search bar to find out which swimming pool is near you.


Swimming in a lake or in the sea

The Nederlandse Reddingsbrigade (Dutch Rescue Association) has made two leaflets in Ukrainian about what you should take into account when you go swimming. There is a leaflet about swimming in the sea and a leaflet about swimming in a lake .