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. If you're looking for advice on how to get started, check out these tips from the This Girl Can community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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.


Have you heard of our This Girl Can Swim sessions? 

These women-only swim sessions are designed to make you feel more comfortable and confident, in the water and by the pool. Want to wear a t-shirt over your swimming costume? Go for it! Want to wear your dressing gown from the changing rooms to the poolside? Feel free! We just want to see more women enjoying swimming in their local pool.

Find a This Girl Can Swim session in your area:

Bamber Bridge

Bolton One

Cocks Moors Woods

Everyone Active Acton Centre


Felixstowe Leisure Centre

Ferndown Leisure Centre

Fox Hollies

Hatch End Swimming Pool



Northolt Leisure Centre

Nye Bevan


Parish Wharf Leisure Centre


Rebecca Adlington

Ripley Leisure Centre



Strode Leisure Centre


The Malden Centre

The Quarry

Thorncliffe Leisure Centre

Trowbridge Sports Centre

Vale Farm Sports Centre

Warminster Sports Centre

Water Meadows

Westbury Pool

William Gregg VC Leisure Centre