Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

Accessibility - Text Only - Display Options - Accessibility

Swim your way to health and wellbeing

5 August 2014

Many people these days are leading increasingly inactive lifestyles, which is expected to result in many more suffering from health problems and chronic diseases in the future.

By making a small change to your routine, it can have a huge impact on your health. Instead of going for a swift pint go for a swift swim!  Or maybe you watch too much tele? Why not swap the sofa for the pool and you will soon see the improvements to your health and fitness levels.

Swimming for 30 minutes at least once a week offers a whole host of health benefits including controlling cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, lowering the risk of cancer and preventing osteoporosis.  It can burn up to 350 calories, helping with weight loss. Just think how easy it could be to fit in a quick swim, in a quiet daytime period at your local pool or even an over 50’s dedicated session. Read more about the health benefits of swimming.

Read about this 100 year old Masters swimmer who is still going strong!It’s not just your physical health that swimming has a positive impact on - it improves your mental well being, helps you to feel more motivated and boosts your energy levels.

Swimming is also a great way to spend quality time with your family and one in three children say swimming is their favourite activity. You’ll definitely be the favourite grandparent when you offer to take them swimming!

If you’re not a confident swimmer, it’s never too late to learn. The first step is enrolling in swimming lessons to gain the skills to be safe in and around the water. Most pools and swim schools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment that follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme, the most successful sports programme of its kind and your assurance of quality.

Think you’re too old to head off to your local pool, think again? Read about this amazing Masters Swimmer who is still going strong at 100 years old!

Subscribe to Swimming Times today for all the latest aquatics news Sign up to the ASA School Swimming Charter. We're taking swimming seriously, are you? Check out the Speedo Hero Series IoS Training For Level 2 Teaching Qualifications