Get Inspired: How to get into swimming

The number of people taking the outdoor plunge in our rivers and lochs has exploded over the past few years

How do I start?

Find out how you can learn to swim in Englandexternal-link, Wales,external-linkScotlandexternal-link and Northern Ireland.external-link You can also use Swim England's pool finderexternal-link to find your local swimming bath.

But what is swimming?

One of the nation's most popular activities, swimming is for anyone and everyone. From chilling out on the inflatables to doing several laps in the deep end, it's hard not to love a dip in the pool.

Is it for me?

Learning to swim is an important life skill and a great way to keep active, hundreds of thousands of people in the UK use swimming as a way to keep fit, relax and have fun.

What to expect when I start?

  • Swimming lessons are not just for children, most pools will offer adult only classes.
  • You can do it cheaply by becoming a member at your local leisure centre and most also offer a pay-as-you-go option.
  • You'll get an all-round workout, swimming works almost every part of your body.
  • Para-swimming is one of the most popular choices of activity for disabled adults and children. The sensory nature of water can help those with emotional or behavioural disorders and learning to swim is a great way to socialise and make new friends. Contact your local poolexternal-link to learn about para-swim sessions.

What else can you do in the pool?

To get you in the mood ...

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All clubs need a chair, secretary and treasurer to help things run smoothly as well as officials, coaches and judges. Whatever role you're interested in, Join Inexternal-link has opportunities to volunteer in your area.