Knowing how to swim is a must – it is a skill that could ultimately save your or your child’s life.
But if you're not confident in the pool, never learnt to swim or don't know how to get your children started you might need some more advice.
Find out more about how to get you or your loved ones swimming by using the links below:
Reasons why swimming is so good for you
The recommended amount of exercise is one hour every day for children and 30 minutes at least five times a week for adults and swimming is a great way to hit these targets.
So next time you’re wondering whether getting your hair wet is worth the effort, glance over this list and grab your towel!
- It’s great for shaping up. Even a gentle swim can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run.
- It’s great for mental health. Studies have shown swimming improves psychological well being. Female swimmers in particular have been shown to experience significantly less tension, depression and anger after exercising than before.
- It’s a fun activity. Pools offer all types of sessions such as aqua aerobics or gym-style programmes for the pool using British Gas Swimfit.
- It’s the only sport that can save your life. Over 400 people drown in the UK every year and it is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
- Swimming is for all. No matter what your age, weight and physical ability, swimming and water-based activities can provide you with a workout.
- Swimming is particularly good for pregnant women or those with disabilities, injuries or illnesses like arthritis because swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water.
- Swimming can offer the ultimate challenge at any level, whether that’s swimming the length of the channel in your local pool or taking the plunge at an open water British Gas Great Swim
- Swimming is a sport people can start at any age, and can do for life – there is even a category for people who want to race in events over the age of 100!
Plus, knowing how to swim opens up a whole range of other sports, just imagine, you could don a snorkel and swim with fish, or even complete a scuba diving course. You could join a canoeing or sailing club or even take your swimming to the next level and enter competitions!