A Lotus Rises is harnessing the power of swimming to strengthen communities.

Swimming is a gateway to new skills and opportunities, and a powerful intervention to help address some of the biggest challenges facing our communities.

Yet one in four adults in the UK cannot swim and 41% of children leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres. In the last decade, half a million women have refused to swim through fear of judgement and women are three times more likely than men to give up pool swimming. Nationally, sports centres report a shortage of swim teachers and lifeguards. And globally, every other minute, a child dies from drowning.



The name A Lotus Rises, comes from the Chinese proverb 芙蓉出水 ‘Out of the water A Lotus Rises’, and is used to describe strong beautiful women in water, talented swimmers and overcoming challenges and coming into bloom.

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