Leisure Swimming

Swimming is a healthy activity that can be enjoyed by people of any age and ability.  It offers a variety of health benefits and you can swim on your own or as part of a group workout.

It’s hard to beat swimming when it comes to a sport that strengthens the body, soothes the mind, regulates breathing, stimulates circulation and puts no stress on the joints – all in one. Unlike running or weight training, which concentrate on specific muscle groups, swimming benefits the upper body, torso and legs together and is one of the fastest ways to improve general strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness.

Swimming is a very low impact exercise, making it ideal for recovery patients, the elderly and for pregnant women. The provided weightlessness of the water greatly reduces stress on joints, virtually eliminating the potential of back, knee and other muscular injuries that are common in high impact activities such as running. The water pressure against the legs and arms is also beneficial to the circulatory system.

Swimming is very much a life skill that once developed will never be forgotten, it is a skill you can use for fitness or pure leisure and can help you enjoy your hard earned holidays nore. There are not many sports activities that can potentially save your life!

There are 560 swimming pools in London. Approximately 50% of these are owned by the Boroughs. The rest are split evenly between the education and the commerical sectors.

poolfinder   The best way to find a pool is to use the ASA Poolfinder website, this will allow you to enter your postcode so that it provides details of pools close to you. You can make a general search for any pool or refine your search to find clubs such as swimming, diving, water polo etc.

Visit http://www.swimming.org/poolfinder or click on the poolfinder logo.