A Lotus Rises is the Women’s Swimming Collective on a mission to harness the power of swimming to strengthen communities.
We believe that learning to swim is a human right and understand the critical role that women have in driving the social, practical, and institutional changes needed to enable all communities to fully access and participate in the joy of swimming.
Swimming is a gateway to new skills and opportunities, and a powerful intervention to help address some of the biggest challenges facing our communities. Swimming can have positive impacts on physical and mental health; community cohesion; adventures (such as snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, and family seaside holidays); environmental awareness; and employment.
One in four adults in the UK cannot swim; 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 nationally sports centres report a shortage of swim teachers and lifeguards.
We want to change all that
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.