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Open water taster sessions will promote health benefits of swimming

The Swim England Water Wellbeing programme will this weekend be supporting a series of open water taster sessions, promoting the health benefits associated with swimming.

The sessions will seek to support people with long-term health conditions, while growing the already thriving open water community.

Research from the Sport England Active Lives survey has revealed that more than 4.1 million people swam in lakes, lochs, rivers and seas between November 2017 and November 2018.

Water Wellbeing programmes encourage more adults to get active, supporting both physical and mental health.

Elaine McNish, Swim England’s Head of Health and Wellbeing, said: “Through our research, we know that swimming has significantly reduced the symptoms of anxiety or depression for 1.4 million adults in Britain.

“Swimming, particularly outdoors, is a great way of supporting your mental health.

“We are really excited to work with these operators, who are enabling people to access a safe and supportive environment to have their first steps into open water swimming.”


The Liverpool Watersports Centre will host a taster session from 10-11am on Sunday 30 June.

The centre will provide wetsuits, a full briefing, assistance in the water and general advice about the value of open water swimming to those with a variety of health conditions.

To book or to find out more information, call 0151 708 9322.


The team at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, Salford. will be extending their regular Sunday swimming sessions, welcoming all newcomers from 8.30am-12.30pm on 30 June.

The £5 entry fee includes the free use of watersport wetsuits, with triathlon suits available for £7.

Hot drinks and snacks will be provided for every swimmer, with experienced coaches on hand to answer any queries.

Visit the Salford Community Leisure website for more information.


The University of Worcester holds regular open water sessions on Thursday and Saturday, at a cost of £5 per person.

Sessions are available to book until the end of August.

Visit the University of Worcester website for more information.