This question seems simple but extremely complex! Complicated because there is no agreement on how to understand this concept.
In Canada, Rescue Association statistics on drowning events helped Canada set the “Swimming Standard to Survive”. “Swimming Standard for Survival” is a simple. That is easy-to-understand standard that defines the minimum swimming skills necessary to survive a sudden fall into deep water.
In Australia, experts believe that swimming is a complex skill that requires strength, coordination and exercise. You need a lot, a lot of practice. Learners must be able to swim about 300m continuously to be safe enough to swim at the water level above the head.
In the US, the American Red Cross, the American Swim Instructors Association, and the American School Swim Association all agree to be able to swim at least 300 yards in a row. And you have to be proficient will greatly reduce the chance of drowning.
In my opinion, I think the ability to swim from 100m to 300m continuously is enough for people to be called “safe swimming”. Remember, 100m is the minimum for water safety. Swimming under 100m is fine, but only stops at the “universal” level, which is the starting level for everyone to aim and achieve.
And I also think that a standard of 50m swimming is more popular than the current 25m swimming standard. The level of 50m requires learners to have more time to practice to increase swimming distance. It also helps learners consolidate the skills they have learned, avoid finishing their studies and forgetting after finishing the course.
It is very important to make sure every child is learning to swim. Because swimming is a lifelong skill and the safety aspect of swimming is undisputed. It is also important to note that children should always be supervised when near water, regardless of their swimming ability. The best swimmers can get in trouble anytime and anywhere while underwater.