Legislators in one southern state are considering a bill that would make two years of swim lessons mandatory for all public school students. The swim instruction would be a high school graduation requirement. And, if passed, the bill would apply to all school districts that have a public pool within 10 miles of the district boundary line.

“This is not only for the safety of our children, but the health of them also,” said Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, who introduced the bill last month.

Still, not everyone supports the legislation.