"The many recent swimming accidents show again and again: learning to swim is vital," said Thomas Härtel, President of the Landessportbund Berlin, on Wednesday. The swimming offer is free of charge. Overall, fewer pupils received the Seepferdchen, bronze or silver badge during the summer holidays than in the previous year. For the Seepferdchen, children must be able to jump from the edge of the pool and swim 25 metres, and they must also be able to dive for an object in shoulder-deep water.
More than 1700 Berlin schoolchildren receive swimming badges
A total of 1761 pupils in the third to sixth grades took their Seepferdchen or other swimming badge during the summer holidays in Berlin.