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What is Swimming?

Jump in and make a splash! Swimming is an all-round workout, so a great way to get in shape and feel good. You might want to learn how to swim, try out a different stroke, or maybe you just love being in the water – swimming really is for everyone. You can swim in an indoor pool, in the sea (brrr) or in open water, like a lake or pond (like Hampstead Ponds)! You can swim in different ways (called strokes) – front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. These strokes move you in the water in different ways and some are easier than others – they’re all a great way to workout though.

What are the benefits?

  • Being in water can be really relaxing – a good way to keep fit and get some time out
  • Most swimming pools have lanes (for those who want a workout) but also parts of the pool where you can dive, go underwater and make a splash! What a fun way to get active
  • It doesn’t put as much impact on your body compared to other sports, like running

What will I need?

You’ll definitely get wet, so make sure you bring a towel! Also bring a swimsuit or swim shorts and you might want some goggles too, to wear over your eyes – otherwise they will get sore from the chemicals! Some people prefer to wear a swimming hat or head cap, and if you’re considering outdoor swimming, some places will insist on a wet suit.