Swim England

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Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing benefits of swimming report highlights the unique benefits of water that make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise and is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.

In order to support more people to participate in aquatic activity, we have developed the ‘Water Wellbeing’ model and are proud to be working with pools to support people who are inactive and/or have long term health conditions, to become physically active.

The model is made up of a variety of components , which have been developed and using insight on swimming participation and learning gathered as part of the Dementia Friendly Swimming project.

How can our Water Wellbeing model work for you?

Our Water Wellbeing model is designed to work with a range of audiences to improve the provision of health – click one of the menu items below to find out how you can engage with us.

Pool Operators

We work closely with pool operators and leisure centres to improve their offer for swimmers with health conditions. Contact us to find out more.

  • We will deliver customer experience training for front of house and leisure centre staff –  this is a free service for leisure sites.
  • We have created an environment checklist that leisure centres can use to raise awareness on some of the barriers and challenges someone with a disability or health condition may face when entering the leisure centre. This has been developed in partnership with a range of charities such as MIND, Versus Arthritis, and Alzheimers society. Contact us at health@swimming.org to find out more about the checklist.
  • We have created a information document about integrating the Water Wellbeing Programme at your facility.
  • We are providing free webinars for leisure centre staff to access on different health topics. These webinars are also available to download or watch back as videos and podcasts.
  • We have developed a range of case studies to support leisure centres in making their centre more accessible for people with health conditions.
  • We are working with centres to look at what is happening in the water for people with long term conditions.
  • Our work aligns closely with the research provided in the Swim England Partner Hub.
  • In 2014 the Department of Health funded Swim England to develop a Dementia Friendly Swimming (DFS) project. The evaluation report alongside how to access the resources associated with the project can be found on the Dementia Friendly Swimming website.
Swimming Teachers
Other Professionals

Health Fact Sheets

Example of a Swim England Health PDF Fact SheetFollowing publication of the Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report, Swim England’s Health Commission group have agreed to work collaboratively to develop a range of fact sheets on swimming with particular health conditions, written for competitive swimmers, the general public and to also assist those who support or advise swimmers.

The number of fact sheets is expected to grow in the coming months, with all content provided by technical experts who specialise in swimming and health conditions, based on the best available evidence.

Listed below is the current fact sheet library for people assisting or supporting swimmers, grouped by conditions covered. To view and download all fact sheets, including versions written specifically for individual and competitive swimmers, head to our digital library.

Fact Sheets