Swimming can be enjoyed at leisure clubs, in public swimming pools or lidos. Open water swimming can be done in any outdoor body of water, from lakes to the sea. Don’t be put off if you never learned to swim when you were younger – it’s never too late and you can get lessons at any age.

Why swim?

It’s got a whole range of physical and mental benefits. Swimming has been proven to boost your immune system, improve your circulation, and increase your metabolic rate. Plus it’s been shown that regular exposure to cold water can reduce stress levels and even combat depression. That’s surely worth a little shivering?!