Swimming and all the associated disciplines; diving, water polo, synchro and open water, is a fantastic way to keep fit and healthy, socialise and get involved with your local community. You are never too young or too old to swim.British Gas Swimfit
is a free, pool-based health and fitness programme from the Amateur Swimming Association. It's a fun new way to enjoy swimming - with gym style session cards, personal challenges, and expert help and guidance. Swimfit engages you in swimming, based on your motivation for working-out, whether you are seeking to maintain your health, shape up and tone your body, reach your peak fitness level or compete at swimming competitions. Look out for Swimfit sessions at local pools for extra motivating sessions.
Getting involved in teaching or coaching swimming is a great career, either as a volunteer or paid work.
The Institute of Swimming
(IoS) delivers the ASA's courses and is a member organisation for teachers and coaches who hold ASA, or equivalent, qualifications in all disciplines of the sport. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.
The Amateur Swimming Association
is the national governing body for swimming and offers advice and information on getting started, finding a club, and getting involved in coaching
Use their search facility to find a local club or pool
. Your local pool will have information on the exciting range of swimming programmes on offer, from Learn to Swim for adults and children, lane sessions and aqua classes.