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Rediscover the enjoyment of swimming.

Why swim?

Not been in the pool for a while? It's time to rediscover swimming, wherever you live across Derbyshire.

You'll feel totally invigorated after your very first dip. Here are five reasons to take the plunge:

  1. It's a great way to keep in shape.
  2. You'll enjoy this fun activity for the whole family.
  3. Knowing how to swim is a skill for life.
  4. Water safety can help save lives.
  5. It's great for pregnant women or people with disabilities to keep fit.

And remember swimming can be so much more than lanes. Have you thought about aqua circuits, aqua jog or aqua zumba? Many swimming pools also offer family splash sessions.

Bonding as a family

Swimming is a simple way to keep fit, to relax and to socialise. It's a great way to bond as a family and the rhythmic action is calming and helps get rid of stress.

Know what you are looking for? Why not use Pool Finder to find out what is going on at your local pool and start making a splash.

The facts

The Chief Medical Officer (department for health 2011) recommends 150 minutes moderate intensity activity each week for adults, at least 60 minutes each day for children (over five) and three hours activity each day for under-5s, alongside activities to strengthen muscles.

Research also shows that an inactive person spends 37% more days in hospital and visits the doctor 5.5% more times than an active person (Sari 2008), while people over 50 who are physically active enjoy between 1.1 and 3.7 more "quality life years" than average (Heron & Bradshaw 2010).

Take the plunge to keep fit

Watch this video that describes the benefits of swimming.

Big benefits

Did you know that even a gentle swim can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run?

Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life. If you can't swim, it's never too late to learn.