A new hard-hitting documentary is coming to the internet.
Blacks Can’t Swim: The Sequel follows an original film made last year that highlighted shocking statistics about Black adults and children with regard to swimming.
This sequel uses documentary-style interviews with a number of Black individuals aged between 14-25 who are speaking up to revolutionise local communities. It follows two Black young adults, Layla and K-Frost, that enrol in a community programme to overcome their huge fears of swimming.
According to data gathered by Sport England, 95% of Black adults, and 80% of Black children cannot swim, and only 1% of competitive swimmers are Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic. One of the interviewees in the documentary said ‘we need the equivalent of Usain Bolt on the track but in the pool’.
There are a lot of reasons why Black young adults and teenagers do not swim. Aquaphobia is the fear of swimming, and this is prominent in Black communities. This could be due to a lack of opportunity to learn how to swim, or because of inherited cultural beliefs around swimming.
There is a push to represent more ethnicities in swimming, including Black individuals at all levels in the sport. Alice Dearing is on a quest to become the first black female swimmer to represent Britain at the Olympics. This holds a lot of significance and is just one step in the many needed to diversify professional swimming.
It’s clear that changes need to be made when it comes to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic representation in professional swimming and improving the opportunities for Black people to learn this life-saving skill. The Blacks Can’t Swim documentary is the start of a huge change. It releases for digital download on the 10th of May 2021.
Watch the trailer below.