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13 Sept 2021

Benefits of Learning to Swim

Swimming & Lifesaving
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Swimming is one of the joys of life. As well as being a vital life skill, the ability to swim opens up a raft of opportunities for people to enjoy a healthy, active and safe lifestyle and to confidently participate in aquatic activities. This includes:

  • Recreation Swimming

  • Open Water Swimming and Aquatic Activity

  • Life Saving

  • Vocational Employment (Lifeguard, Swim Teacher, Police Officer)

  • Competition (Swimming, Water Sports)

Social and Health Benefits

Swimming is one of the best activities you can do all year round which benefits your mind and body. No other workout is low impact but achieves high results building muscles, burning calories and stimulating your brain. The great thing about swimming is that it’s for everyone! Check out these range of benefits

keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body

  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness

  • helps you maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs

  • tones muscles and builds strength

  • provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

  • being a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise

  • alleviating stress

  • improving coordination, balance and posture

  • improving flexibility

  • providing good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions

  • providing a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day

Whilst swimming is an individual activity, it’s also very social! You can meet people from all walks of life when swimming. Have a chat in the lap pool, join a swimming club, or get involved in aquatic facility social events to get to know people in your community.

As well as all the health benefits listed above, the great thing about swimming is that you can do it rain, hail or shine, regardless of the temperature! Whilst your backyard pool, the river, or beach cool down over winter, most aquatic facilities run heated pools year round so you’ve got no excuse to stop swimming!





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