In sweden, primary schools offer swimming lessons for children as a preventive measure against drownings, and everyone is expected to be able to swim in year 6. And yet, 38% of children up to 17 years old can´t swim. Most notably, among schools with poor prerequisites in conducting swim education for large school classes, and where children due to body image and cultures feel reluctant to participate because of feeling exposed in the swimhall enviroment or insecurities. Swimhalls are often designed for the general public, placed in cities and shared with the public, which makes it noisy and unpleasant. This is not a safe enviroment for a class of children who are learning to swim.
The project’s findings revealed there is a need to design smaller and creative solutions of swmimhalls, closer to schools and living areas. This faciliates better quality in swim education. The findings also showed that it may be challenging for teachers to work in a structured way to create security in the vulnerable environment where swimming lessons are conducted. There is usually a lot of different activities happening simultaneusly and space is not designed with purpose for schools, and it´s something which swimhall enviroments today have not entirely considered.
The resulting design is called Edu Pool and is an educational purposed room for school swimming, that creates a safe environment where lessons can be conducted in privacy and organized according to the variety of swimming abilities in a school class. Edu Pool is a swimming room for tomorrows school swimming, from both an educational, safety and well-being point of view. A new strategic room design, a pool design and a motorical controlled pool divider gives more freedom in utilizing the space for safety purpose while doing different swimactivities simultaneusly. It also minimizes distractions and exposing situations.
In the future, this room can be built as a smaller swimhall, closer to schools and living area. The main purpose is to support educational conducted lessons for primary schools. However, it could also be used for adult swimlessons on the leisure time when it´s not in use by schools.
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