Dive into a new activity like swimming! It’s a recreational activity enjoyed by many people either in open water, leisure clubs or public swimming pools. Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as the open sea, bays, lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs. Make a splash !

Related water sports and activities include: water polo, diving, octopush, synchronised swimming and lifesaving.

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Why is it good for me?

Swimming is a low impact exercise, but will work almost every muscle in your body without putting your joints under stress. It’s also a great form of physical rehabilitation.

How much does it cost?

It usually costs around £5 for a one-off swim in a pool, but this will vary between providers. Lessons and one-to-one sessions will be more expensive.

Some leisure providers include use of the pool in their membership, so it’s a good idea to look into this if you want to make use of a gym or class timetable too.

Swimming clubs, offering coaching and competition, have an annual membership fee, as well as coaching fees and a standard membership of the ASA, the sport’s national governing body.

What equipment do I need?

To get started you just need some swimwear that you feel comfortable in. You might want to also get some goggles, a swimming hat or ear plugs.