The alert was launched in the spring. In March, the Minister in charge of Sports Roxana Maracineanu worried about the increased risk of drowning in children during the summer. In question: the closing of the swimming pools in the spring of 2020 and then between January and May, due to the health crisis. The confinements prevented about 800,000 French children from learning to swim normally at school. Today, there are as many children potentially at risk in public swimming pools, around private swimming pools or at the beach.
Admittedly, schoolchildren were able to resume aquatic activities on May 3, and minors in general on May 19, before the reopening to adults on June 9. But the learning gap was impossible to fill. At the time of summer swimming, other factors come to reinforce the concern: the deconfinement which increases the behaviors at risk, and the craze of the French for the private swimming pools, by definition not …
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