Swimming in the Netherlands
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Swimming in the Netherlands
Last updated: 11/15/2023, 9:02 PM

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

Swimming in a lake or in the sea

There are important things to look out for when swimming in the Dutch countryside. For example, it is good to be aware of the risks of the sea and to know what to do in a dangerous situation. 

The Dutch Reddingsbrigade (rescue squad) has produced two leaflets in Ukrainian on what to watch out for when swimming in a lake or in the sea. Below are the leaflets:

The Dutch Reddingsbrigade (rescue squad)
Download the Dutch Reddingsbrigade's leaflet on swimming in the sea.
The Dutch Reddingsbrigade (rescue squad)
Download the Dutch Reddingsbrigade's leaflet on swimming in a lake.

Swimming lessons for children

The Netherlands is surrounded by water. For their safety, Dutch children therefore receive swimming lessons at an early age. For children from Ukraine, it is also important to learn to swim.

Payment

Municipalities can help you pay for swimming lessons for your children. Arrangements and conditions may vary from one municipality to another. The municipality where you live can give you information about this.

Swimming lessons for adults

You can also take swimming lessons as an adult. Municipalities can help you pay for swimming lessons. The regulations and conditions may vary by municipality. The municipality where you live can give you information about this.

Overview of swimming lessons

If you want to know where swimming lessons are provided in your area, the 'Alles over zwemles' website provides an overview. The website is only available in Dutch, but you can enter the name of your town in the search bar to find out which swimming pool is near you.

Visit 'Alles over zwemles' for swimming lessons near you.
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