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Abstract

Swimming plays a particularly important role in the formation of physical, mental and spiritual well-being and in the preservation of health. The aim of this study was to investigate whether health-based education works through swimming-education. A survey was carried out by submitting an anonymous questionnaire to swimming educators (N = 46). The sample consisted of people who teach swimming to primary school pupils: physical education teachers, swimming instructors, lifeguards, swimming coaches (PE teachers 58,7%, instructors and others 41,3%, men 58,7%, women 41,3%). Both a descriptive and a comparative approach were used to analyze data. Based on their inquiry, the authors determined that, unfortunately, those teaching swimming do not commonly consider it important to form a health-conscious behavior in their students. It appears that in teaching swimming to children, the principles that are important for the preservation of health in adult age do not predominate.

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