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Swimming is a survival skill, however statistics showed only half of our younger students are able to swim, as swimming is not compulsory at schools. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust believes that helping children learn swimming at an early age will not only enable them to acquire this essential skill, but also support their personal development and confidence building.

Launched in 2016, the “Jockey Club Learn-to-Swim Programme for Primary Students” offered free swimming lesson opportunities and educational activities to over 15,000 lower primary students. With the support of Michael Phelps Foundation, the Trust joins hands again with Hong Kong China Swimming Association and Ocean Park Hong Kong to roll out a new phase of the Project which is expected to benefit more underprivileged children. Apart from free swimming courses, interactive online learning platform and in-water fun activities, comprehensive teaching curriculum to local swimming coaches and instructors will also be provided to benefit more children in long run.


  • To provide participants with a free 20-lesson swimming course (20 hours in total), so they will be able to swim 15 – 25 meters unaided
  • To help participants learn swimming at an early age as an essential survival skill and cultivate their positive attitude, confidence and social skills
  • To provide equal opportunity for children from low-income families to learn swimming

Achievements of the “Jockey Club Learn-to-Swim Programme for Primary Students” (2016)

Students’ responses to the Programme are strongly positive

Able to swim 10 – 20 meters unaided after 20 lessons of the Programme
Feel physically stronger after the Programme
Will continue to learn swimming
Feel safer when swimming after the Programme
Will now join other sporting activities
Will now join other watersports activities
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