About

Welcome to swimmingclass.co.uk – our swimming school is based in Soho Gyms Farringdon. We teach all levels how to swim, babies, children & adults. Our philosophy is to teach you how to swim with fun and laughter. Swimming is a life skill that is essential in this day and age. When you get the right direction, you will learn how to love water and be at ease in the water.

We base our swimming lessons on the ASA national teaching plan. This way we can assure you are getting the best possible lesson according to the UK standards. Our private lessons excel the learning process, with our teacher in the water it enhances the learning experience for the student. Reassuring the student every minute and giving lots of demonstrations, this is the way swimming lessons should be.

Swimming lessons in London are increasing every year, people are more eager to learn and realise the dangers around water. We offer intensive swimming course on a weekly basis and during school holidays. Swimming lessons every day for one week can enhance your water confidence and strengthen your ability to swim well.

The swimming pool is heated to 30C and is 1 metre deep. Ideal environment for learning to swim. Each lesson takes place in our own swim lane, the pool is always quiet so sometimes we have the whole pool for a lesson.
 

Testimonials

Before the lessons, I had very little prior experience of swimming. I have managed to progress very quickly and also built up my confidence in the water. Many of the myths of swimming were debunked, such as using excessively powerful strokes. I was pleased how I am taught not only how to swim, but tips to improve my posture and reduce fatigue. Finally, the location and facilities are very good.

 

S. Chandramohan – Adult Swimming Class

 

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Just wanted to say thanks! Although we only had an hour I took everything you said onboard and did the 2.24km swim in 38mins!

It was amazing and I am booked in to do more!

C. Davies – Triathlon Swimming Class

 

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Having attended about 2 months of group lessons and still unable to swim I was starting to feel sceptical about learning as an adult altogether.

I decided to give private lessons a try and it has been worth every penny!  Brian has been an amazing teacher – kind, patient, flexible, fun, encouraging and teaches at a great pace.

Before these lessons Id avoid the deep end of pools and keep my head above water and now I am confident in the water and can actually say I can swim now!

I would highly recommend one to one lessons with Brian, the pool is never busy and the water is lovely and warm so don’t let the winter put you off, its a great work out and its never too late to learn!

V. Moore – Adult Swimming Class

 

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In just a few weeks of taking lessons with Brian, I have felt a significant positive change in my abilities. As a late learner I had always been very nervous. Brian has been great at helping me to face my fears head on. Relaxing both body and my mind in the water was probably my biggest challenge. Brian really seems to understand what it takes to get around these fears. My goal to enjoy swimming competently, without fear seems very achievable now.
If, like me, you are a late learner – I would recommend Brian as a tutor for sure!

S. Kaler – Adult Swimming Class

 

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I really can’t recommend Brian enough, he is a brilliant teacher and my son really likes Brian which makes the lessons a whole lot easier.  After having my son in countless swimming classes and not noticing any difference I tried to find 1-1 lessons so that he could develop quicker, I found Brian’s details online, with rave reviews and flexibility on lesson times I booked my son in and we have not looked back since.  He has made considerable progress with structured lessons and Brian introduces elements of play meaning my son has fun learning as well.  Booking with Brian was the best decision we have made, we will soon be looking to get my 3 year old daughter swimming lessons with Brian as well.  Both my son and I cannot recommend Brian enough.

C. Lynskey – Children Swimming Class

 

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My little girl, aged 4, started having 1:1 lessons with Brian in November time. At first, she didn’t like having her head under water, didn’t like jumping in and was generally nervous in the water – although she loved the idea of swimming. Brian has helped her come on so well and so quickly. Now, after say 10 or so lessons, she loves jumping in, is always going under water, can swim by herself on her back and LOVES being in the water. It’s hard to get her out after the lesson has finished! Brian has a great teaching technique and is great with children. He makes the lessons fun and enjoyable, incorporating games into his teaching. My daughter is learning through fun which makes it pleasurable for her and for me. I’m looking forward to seeing how her swimming improves over the next 10 lessons.

L. Warner – Children Swimming Class

 

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Brian has been teaching our 2 boys (7 & 10) once a week since Christmas, and in that short time their confidence has grown immensely. They love going to Brian’s lessons and we’re very happy with their progress so far.

A. Bone – Children Swimming Class

 

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Brian taught my now 6 year old to swim and he was brilliant. My daughter is now incredibly competent in the water and can do long distances of both front crawl and backstroke without any problem. Brian is very friendly and clear in his instruction and classes are always good fun. I cannot recommend him highly enough and am just waiting now to get started with my young son!

B. O’Brien – Children Swimming Class

 

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Our 11-month-old baby swims with Brian and we find him a patient, good-natured teacher who is not intimidated by the occasional tantrum! He creates new and fun ways to introduce the little ones to water and the movements of swimming.

F. Graham – Parent & Toddler Swimming Class

 

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We really enjoy Brian’s class.  He is teaching our one year old and has a great disposition with babies/young children.  The class is a mix of games, songs and swimming and is geared towards getting babies comfortable in the water.  We look forward to seeing her progress and learn how to do the various swim strokes!

C. Teng – Parent & Toddler Swimming Class

 

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If you have given up trying to swim I don’t blame you – I did. I gave it one last shot with Brian and I am so pleased I did. He is patient and more importantly he is IN THE POOL, not barking at you from the side. He is patient and understands for some people just going into the tiled pool area can be scary. Wether you are a body builder or a grandma he has a way to relate and care. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you have given up then I strongly suggest you try a lesson before throwing your towel in the pool.

 D. Stamford – Adult Swimming Class

 

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As an absolute beginner, I have found Brian to be a fantastically understanding teacher for swimming; he is engaging, disciplined and has a clear passion for swimming. His approach has helped me gain confidence in the water and I am now able to swim alone. I highly recommend swimmingclass.co.uk and Brian.

 S. Raza – Adult Swimming Class

 

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Why is Brian different? Well first of all compared to some swim coaches I’ve tried he recognised my strengths and weakness. Trust me there where not many strengths. He also created a training program that has seen me not just improving my weakness, but also enhancing my strengths giving me quick improvements. Because I can see progress (I’m a want it all now type of guy) I’ve stuck with the program, rather than getting frustrated. Put it this way, Brian is the first swim coach to give me a kick that takes me forward rather than no where. He also managed to do that without making me do endless kick sessions. I have yet to swim a full ironman since starting with Brian but my ‘test swims’ suggest he’s already given me a 15% improvement in my times.

K. Willers – Triathlon Swimming Class

 

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Brian is an excellent teacher. As a novice swimmer training for triathlon he has his work cut out, but mixes the sessions so that no matter how much water I drink I still have a smile on my face. I’ve learnt so much in such a short space of time that I can now practice the technical drills on my own and progress further with weekly sessions from Brian to push me on to the next step. These swimming classes are geared to however much you want to get out of them – you’ll never be asked to do something you can’t, you’ll always be encouraged and if you show the willingness and aptitude to learn, Brian will help definitely help you realise your goals.

N. Price – Triathlon Swimming Class

 

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I have just completed my very first week of training with Brian, having signed up for one of his 5 day programmes. The whole week has been a very positive experience from start to finish. I can not believe how much progress I have made in such a short period of time. His technique, his patience and his constant words of encouragement are in no small way a key to the success of my week. He is calm and encouraging and never loses focus on making you a better swimmer. I am more than happy to recommend him to others and I plan to go back in a few weeks in order to improve my technique. If you are in any doubt about lessons, just like I was, I would encourage you to put your doubts aside and ‘take the plunge’!

R. Small – Intensive Swimming Course

 

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I think Brian could probably teach a rock to swim. I recently completed the one week intensive course, hopeful that he could do the impossible and teach me to at least float in the water. I was not disappointed. By the end of the week I was not only floating and gliding but managing to swim several metres at a time. A small miracle considering how uncoordinated I am. Brian is an incredibly patient and talented teacher. Each instruction is broken down into steps and link together to help build your skill and confidence. If one method doesn’t work for you, he will find another that does. I highly recommend, you will not be disappointed.

N. Mcaddy – Intensive Swimming Course

 

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Swimming Lessons For Kids London

ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming

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Swimming lessons for kids is an important part of growing up and learning new skills. Swimming is an essential and life saving skill that should be thought from an early age to avoid dangers and fears. We teach kids how to swim in a fun and safe environment and all our lessons are built on the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS).

Below is the list of stages 1 – 7 of the NPTS. All our swimming lessons are based on this plan.

 

  • Stage 1

1. Enter the water safely
2. Move forwards for a distance of 5 metres
3. Move backwards for a distance of 5 metres
4. Move sideways for distance of 5 metres
5. Scoop the water and wash face
6. Be at ease with water showered from overhead
7. Move into a stretched floating position using aids,
equipment or support
8.Regain an upright position from on the back,
with support
9. Regain an upright position from on the front
with support
10. Push and glide in a horizontal position to or from a wall
11. Take part in a teacher-led partner orientated game
12. Demonstrate an understanding of pool rules
13. Exit the water safely

 

  • Stage 2

1. Jump in from poolside safely
2. Blow bubbles a minimum of three times rhythmically with nose and mouth submerged
3. Regain upright position from the back without support
4. Regain an upright position from the front without support
5. Push from wall and glide on the back
6. Push from wall and glide on the front
7. Travel on the back for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
8. Travel on the front for 5 metres, aids or equipment may be used
9. Perform a rotation from the front to the back to gain an upright position
10. Perform a rotation from the back to the front to gain an upright position

 

  • Stage 3

1. Jump in from poolside and submerge (min depth 0.9m)
2. Sink, push away from wall on side and maintain a
streamlined position
3. Push and glide on the front with arms extended and log roll onto the back
4. Push and glide on the back with arms extended and log roll onto the front
5. Travel on the front, tuck to rotate around the horizontal axis to return on the back.
6. Fully submerge to pick up an object
7. Answer correctly three questions on the Water Safety Code
8. Travel 10 metres on the back
9. Travel 10 metres on the front

 

  • Stage 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of buoyancy
2. Perform a tuck float for 5 seconds
3. Perform a sequence of changing shapes (minimum of three) whilst floating at the surface
4. Push and glide from the wall to the pool floor
5. Kick 10 metres backstroke (one item of equipment optional)
6. Kick 10 metres front crawl (one item of equipment optional)
7. Kick 10 metres butterfly on the front or on the back
8. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the back (equipment optional)
9. Kick 10 metres breaststroke on the front (equipment optional)
10. Perform on the back a head first sculling action for 5 metres in a horizontal position
11. Travel on back and roll in one continuous movement onto front
12. Travel on front and roll in one continuous movement onto back
13. Swim 10 metres, choice of stroke is optional

 

  • Stage 5.

1. Perform a horizontal stationary scull on the back
2. Perform a feet first sculling action for 5 metres whilst horizontal on the back
3. Perform a sculling sequence with a partner for 30-45 seconds to include a rotation
4. Tread water for 30 seconds
5. Perform three different shaped jumps into deep water
6. Swim 10 metres backstroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
7. Swim 10 metres front crawl face in the water (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
8. Swim 10 metres breaststroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
9. Swim 10 metres butterfly (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
10. Perform a handstand and hold for a minimum of three seconds
11. Perform a forward somersault, tucked, in the water
12. Demonstrate an action for getting help

 

  • Stage 6

1. Demonstrate an understanding of preparation for exercise
2. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into backstroke
3. Sink, push off on side from the wall, glide, kick and rotate into front crawl
4. Swim 10 metres wearing clothes
5. Swim front crawl to include at least six rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
6. Swim breaststroke to include at least six rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
7. Swim butterfly to include at least three rhythmical breaths (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
8. Swim 25 metres, choice of stroke • is optional (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
9. Perform a ‘shout and signal’ rescue
10. Perform a surface dive**
11. Exit the water without using steps

 

  • Stage 7

1. Swim 25 metres backstroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
2. Swim 25 metres front crawl (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
3. Swim 25 metres breaststroke (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
4. Swim 25 metres butterfly (refer to the ASA expected stroke standards sheet)
5. Perform a movement sequence of 1 minute duration, in a group of three or more, incorporating a number of
the following skills:

  • Sculling: head first, feet first
  • Rotation: forward/backward somersault, log roll
  • Floating: star on the front/on the back, tuck float, create own
  • Eggbeater: moving, lifting one or both arms out of the water link skills with strokes and sculls
6. Perform a sitting dive
7. Swim 50 metres continuously using one stroke
8. Swim 100 metres, using a minimum of three different strokes
9. Tread water using eggbeater action for 30 seconds

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Toddler Groups – Baby swimming London

Toddler groups are a social way of learning the basics of swimming. Your baby will learn how to develop their body for water based activities. Our swimming classes are based on fun, songs & games that boost your child’s water confidence. Each class is based on a system that the child learns and becomes routine for them. You can chose from three baby swimming program’s.

6 – 12 months.
12 – 24 months.
24 – 36 months.

You can join our swimming program anytime during the year, but it is advised to sign up for a full term. This way you ensure your child’s progress and they also become more familiar when they haves routine swim.

Please contact us now and reserve your place. Let us know what day and time you are available, and we will do our best to find the class that suits your needs.

It is recommended your child has had all their shots and vaccinations before entering a swimming pool, this is for your child’s safety. Please bring a child swim nappy for the lesson.

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Babies Swimming Lessons

Babies swimming lessons are perfect for babies from 6 months – 3 years old. With group size at a maximum of 6 toddlers, everyone gets the attention they need to progress. Babies learn all the basic swimming skills from an early age, they will learn to float, glide, jump, blow bubbles, dive, and rotate.

Contact us now and book your baby in for their first swimming lesson.

Swimming Crash Course

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Swimming Crash course for children and adults at a private pool in Islington, London. We run a 5 day course every week at swimmingclass.co.uk for all levels. From absolute beginners, to the more advanced – we have a program that will cater for all your needs. There are numerous benefits to swimming everyday – and learning how to swim everyday speeds up the learning process.

 

Below is a brief description of how we teach each level on our intensive course.

  • Beginner

If you are a complete beginner, we take the class at your pace. Our instructor is an expert at making you feel comfortable. We will first teach you how to walk through water. Then slowly show you how to gently float, with your head out, then with your head in the water. Step by step giving you the confidence to float by yourself. The instructor will be in the water with you to help you reach your goals. You can expect to learn how to float, glide and kick your legs in one week.

  • Improver

This program is aimed at people who already know how to swim, and would like to fine tune their skills. We analyse your body position in the water, through carefully selected drills and exercises, then introduce new skills in a gradual maner. A lot of people pick up bad habits through swimming, we aim to correct these habits and make you swim smoothly. Within one week you can expect to swim more confidently and more efficiently.

  • Advanced

People who swim at the top level (triathlon, masters, competitive) can always improve their stroke and times. We have a high intensity program for people wanting to slash their times and improve their stroke rate. This swim week will help all age groups to swim better. Children in clubs, adults in triathlon or even the casual competitive swimmer will gain a vast amount of new drill work within this week program.

  • Children

One week intensive swim week for children has the most impact. It is fun, packed with games, learn new skills and become like little fish! Every time we start a program with a new child they are so eager to come back everyday, the parents are always pleased and it also teaches children the dangerous and hazards involved with water. Swimming everyday for one week will have lifetime benefits for your children, they will become water confident and learn to enjoy the water environment.

For more information and to make a booking please visit this link.

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Swimathon 2013

Hello people!

So, I have signed up for this year Swimathon. My challenge is to swim 5 km in London Field Lido. That equates to 100 lengths!! Sounds daunting, but it is all for a good cause. The money raised will go towards the Marie Curie Cancer Foundation.

I need all the encouragement and motivation (as well as sponsors!) to help me reach my goal. If you could donate anything at all it would be a great help 🙂 These days I spend my time teaching people how to swim, but I have not trained much myself. So this is kick-start I need to get back swimming up and down the pool! You can visit this page and donate as much or as little as you like.

Wish me luck, and many thanks for taking the time to read my post.

Brian.

How To Swim Front Crawl

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Ever wonder how to swim front crawl? You can start learning here today. Front crawl is the fastest stroke in swimming. Wonder why? Swimming front crawl utilises the large back and chest muscles, the arms are constantly alternating and the body is flat on the water – streamlined like a ship! The head is under the water, the body rotating side to side with each arm stroke. This rotation cuts the whole body through the water which creates less resistance. When I am teaching students to swim front crawl they are often surprised by the body rotation – and they see the benefit immediately. In this video you can watch Michael Phelps swim beautiful front crawl. Notice the long arm reach, the glide, and the powerful kick. For more information on swimming front crawl check this Guardian article by Sam Murphy.

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in England, since the Olympics the interest is growing. In this google trends graph you can see the interest rising each year since 2004. That means more and more people want to learn how to swim, which is understandable. Most of this planet we call earth is made up of water, 70% to be precise. Wouldn’t it be nice to swim front crawl on this water based planet! If you would like to conquer your fear, or improve your technique then we have the right program for you at swimmingclass.co.uk. If you click here you will see the list of classes on offer at our swimming school.
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Parking

 

  • There is a lot of parking in this area, please check this link for a detailed map of parking around Soho Gyms Farringdon.
  • If you need to know about the congestion zone please refer to this link for a detailed map. Our swim school is in the congestion zone.

 

Winter Swimming

If you’re bored of your local leisure centre, check out a few other places to take a dip: swim on the rooftops or brave the Serpentine in Hyde Park…

Question:
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean I want to miss my swim. Where can I go in London?
Answer:
For the hardy, a dip outdoors even in winter is not out of the question. London has a thriving lido culture and there are lots of opportunities for taking a dip in the capital’s great outdoors with pools at Hampstead Heath, Tooting Bec and Brockwell all proving very popular in recent years.
Perhaps the most enticing outdoor pool, despite the freezing temperatures at this time of year, is the Serpentine lake, in Hyde Park. At present you’ll need to join Serpentine Swimming Club if you want to take the plunge as public swimming in the lake only runs from June to September, while the club has access all year round. To line up in the club’s famous Christmas Day Peter Pan Cup then you must take part in the Winter Series of races – no wetsuits are allowed in the competitive swims so brace yourself for a refreshing experience!
Another outdoor swim you might want to plan for is next year’s Hampton Court Swim which gives swimmers a perfect opportunity to tackle the Thames. The race, which takes place on July 21, is 2.25 miles long and the course moves downstream along the river from Henry VIII’s historic palace to Kingston Bridge. If you want to take part you’ve got plenty of time to enter, with the closing date being July 15, 2013.
Other options for winter swims in London are somewhat exclusive and you might have to join a club or pay a visit to a swanky London hotel in order to swim in style. Members club, Shoreditch House, in east London, is a haven for media types that boasts a 16-metre rooftop pool. The pool is open from 7am to 10pm and is available to club members all year round.
Another rooftop option is at The Berkley Hotel, in Knightsbridge, that boasts stunning views across the city and when it gets too nippy a roof can slide over to keep the pool area under cover.

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What’s Good About Swimming

Swimming is good exercise (that’s obvious). Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person! But what is it that makes swimming good, specifically? That depends on what you are trying to accomplish.
Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime. The health benefits swimming offers are worth the effort it takes to get to the swimming pool, get into your swimsuit, and then get into the pool and swim. If you do not know how to swim, taking swimming lessons or teaching yourself how to swim better are great ways to help you to enjoy fitness swimming.

Swimming works practically all of the muscles in the body (if you do a variety of strokes). Swimming can develop a swimmer’s general strength, cardiovascular fitness and endurance. It does not help with bone density – you need to weight bearing exercise for that – but that is about all that is missing from what swimming could do for your fitness.

Why do you swim? For the health benefits to your heart and lungs? For the chance to be with some of your friends at the pool? Because, in your case, running every day hurts? Because you like the feeling of floating and sliding through the water? Or is it something else?If you are looking for a break from the heat of the summer, then a dip in the water is exactly what you need; swimming is a way for you to cool off. It fills a wonderful recreational need for individuals and families, from beach and pool fun to water parks.

Maybe you are a runner, training on a regular basis, and want to find an activity that keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off of your body. Perhaps you have been doing some other form of land exercise, and now an injury prevents you from putting weight on a knee or ankle. Swimming can help you. Kicking workouts, water aerobics, pool running, or a regular swimming workout can all give you a great exercise session without the weight of your body pounding you with each move.

Regular swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness. It can serve as a cross-training element to your regular workouts. Before a dryland workout, you can use the pool for a warm-up session. Swimming with increasing effort to gradually increase your heart rate and stimulate your muscle activity is easily accomplished in the water. After a land workout, swimming a few laps can help you cool-down, move blood through your muscles to help them recover, and help you relax as you glide through the water.

Spending time in a group workout, whether water aerobics or a master’s swim practice, is a great social outlet. Exchanging stories, challenging each other, and sharing in the hard work make swimming with others a rewarding experience.

There are other psychological benefit to swimming, if you allow it to occur. Relax and swim with a very low effort. Let your mind wander, focusing on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke. This form of meditation can help you gain a feeling of well-being, leaving your water session refreshed and ready to go on with the rest of your day. Many swimmers find an in-direct benefit form swimming. They develop life skills such as sportsmanship, time-management, self-discipline, goal-setting, and an increased sense of self-worth through their participation in the sport. Swimmers seem to do better in school, in general terms, than non-swimmers as a group.

Swimming does burn calories at a rate of about 3 calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. If you weigh 150 lbs. and it takes you 30 minutes to swim one mile (1,760 yards or 1,609 meters), then you will be using about 900 calories in one hour. However, many swimmers do not swim that quickly, and many cannot swim for that distance or duration, so swimming to lose weight is not always the best plan. Swimming does exercise almost the entire body – heart, lungs, and muscles – with very little joint strain. It is great for general fitness, just not a great way to drop excess pounds.

And I didn’t mention the neat things chlorine and sun can do for the texture and color of your hair…

Swim On!

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Nearly half of British children can’t swim!

Forty per cent of British children cannot swim, according to new figures, and it is up to their parents to make sure that they learn this important life skill, Rebecca Adlington, the Olympic medallist, has said.

While 25 per cent of parents believe it is the responsibility of schools, and the government, to teach children to swim, Adlington, who won two gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games and two bronze medals in 2012, said: “Parents forget that swimming is a life skill, and they need to take a bit of responsibility.”

British parents are failing to meet that responsibility, however. While 60 per cent of parents admitted in the survey commissioned by Speedo that they worried about their children drowning as a result of poor swimming skills, nearly half of those questioned did not believe learning to swim was an important life skill.

And nearly three quarters of British children had never had a swimming lesson, or been taught by their parents. This results in one in ten children experiencing an accident in the water due to lack of swimming experience, the survey found.

The 23-year-old swimmer, along with her mother, Kay, teamed up with Speedo on Thursday to launch a learn-to-swim. Children are invited to design a swimming character to join other members of Speedo’s “Sea Squad” team. Parents can enter their child’s drawing in the S Factor competition here, in order to win a pool party hosted by Adlington and the chance to see their child’s character come to life.

“We want to engage children with swimming through the competition and get them enjoying the water safely, reducing the number of accidents occurring in the water due to a lack of experience,” said Sally Polak, from Speedo UK. “Winter is the perfect time to get to a leisure centre and away from the cold weather and our tips for parents through our Learn to Swim campaign will help build the child’s confidence in the water.”

Adlington said: “I got into swimming because my parents took me for lessons from the age of three; they never thought I’d go on to become an Olympic athlete. But now parents say to me: ‘I’m getting my kid involved because they watched you on TV’.”

Kay Adlington said she brought Rebecca, and her two older sisters, for lessons as a way to have fun, but also as a safety precaution. “Swimming is a life skill. If you have young children who want to play outside, they need to know what to do with water. It could save their lives.

“You see so many parents with children in parks, with stabilisers on bikes, teaching them to ride. As parents we want our children to know manners, basic respect, eating, crossing the road – and we must teach them how to stay safe in the water. Plus, swimming builds confidence, and they have so much fun!”

Water safety and confidence are skills that should be taught from an early age, said Mrs Adlington. “Before all of the girls were three, the girls would have a bath, with lots of bubbles, and we’d hide the toys under the water, and they’d search for them. Even as a tiny baby, you must get them used to water.”

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