The comments have been rebuffed by the Amateur Swimming Association, however, which said the sport was “not just about going up and down lanes”. Two years ago the organisation published a report which revealed that almost half of primary school in England are unable to swim a length unaided, and that more than 1,000 primaries were not offering lessons, even though swimming is listed as a skill on the national curriculum.
I won’t say this article’s title is classic “click bait” but it’s certainly misleading. I’m not even sure what a “doggy paddle hybrid” actually is. The article seems to focused on school kids even though the image shown at the top is clearly an open-water–probably a triathlon–swim. Yeah, a waste of time.
It’s clear that weight loss is probably not very high on anybody’s list of reasons for swimming but to say it’s a “waste of time” is simply wrong.