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Swimming

Taking up any form of swimming is a great way to build cardiovascular fitness and Gymist is here to help you find aquatic activities & swimming pools near you. You don’t just have to count lengths. Wild swimming, competitive swimming, water aerobics and diving are just some of the options you have.

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Find a swimming pool near you

Benefits of swimming

If you’re reading this, you are already thinking about getting into the water. Swimming as a form of exercise or sport has some solid advantages over other forms. The constant resistance of water means that your movements take more exertion than in air, and the faster you want to move, the more resistance you feel and the harder you have to work. This constant exertion means almost every aquatic activity is higher intensity than in air. There is also the fact that your whole body is challenged to maintain balance and buoyancy while also being supported and not stressing joints. The benefits of this full-body workout and constant resistance are numerous:

  • it’s a low-impact exercise suitable for all age ranges.
  • it’s ideal for rehabilitation for injury and arthritis.
  • it’s high intensity cardiovascular training.
  • it works stabiliser muscles.
  • it improves blood flow throughout your body
  • it reduces the risk of heart disease and type two diabetes. 

Choosing an aquatic activity

If you need some inspiration for your aquatic adventures, start with what you want to achieve. Trying a new activity? Adding to your existing fitness regime? Whatever it is, there is something for you.

Individual activities

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Swimming Strokes

Doggy paddle is one of more than twenty strokes you can learn. Build your capability in a range of strokes to build adaptability to a range of situations.

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Diving

Diving is not just falling with style. If you can master your nerves, diving can be an exhilarating activity. Check out free diving, synchronised diving and high diving.

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Lifeguard

Learn the basics of safe swimming or take it to the next level with a lifeguard course. The Royal Life Saving Society UK has all the information you need.

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Outdoor swimming

From lidos to fully wild swimming, getting outdoors for your swim fix isn't as hard as you think. Checkout the Outdoor Swimming Society for tips on getting started.

Group activities

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Classes

Swim lessons and instructors aren't just useful for new swimmers. Join a class and learn how to correct a screw kick or do a tumble turn.

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Synchronised swimming

Also known as artistic swimming, synchronised swimming blends and develops swimming skills with gymnastics and timing.

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Team sports

Many aquatic activities can be competitive sports, but team sports add an extra challenge. Check out water polo, water hockey and underwater hockey!

Swim Clubs

Swim clubs

There are more than 100 swimming clubs in the UK and they are a great place to meet fellow swimmers or hone your skills.

Swimming organisations in the UK

Each country in the UK has its own swimming association and each association is a great place to read more about swimming in your area.

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Swim England

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. They help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in our sports.

Swim England

Swim England is a great resource for swimming education and training. Check out Swim England if you want become a swim coach or find a local swimming team.
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Scottish Swimming

Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming, diving, open water, artistic swimming and water polo in Scotland.

Swimming Scotland

Swimming Scotland is a great resource for swimming education and training. Check out Swim Scotland if you want become a swim coach or find a local swimming team.
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Swim Wales

Welcome to the home of Welsh Swimming. From learn to swim to the elite athletes Find a swimming, water polo, ynchro & diving club in Wales.

Swim Wales

Swim Wales is a great resource for swimming education and training. Check out Swim Wales if you want become a swim coach or find a local swimming team.
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Swim Ulster

Founded in 1893, Swim Ulster is recognisedI as the governing body for aquatic sports in Ulster.

Swim Ulster

Swim Ulster is a great resource for swimming education and training. Check out Swim Ulster if you want become a swim coach or find a local swimming team.
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