Not many things in life are free. But in Wales you can swim for
free if you're aged 16 and under, or 60 and over. So you'd be daft
not to. Swimming pools run by your Local Authority provide free
- children and young people aged 16 and under, during school
holidays and weekends;
- people aged 60 and over, outside school holidays (and some
Local Authorities offer this all year round).
Most pools cater for a variety of tastes and abilities, with
women-only sessions and lane swimming. Some pools offer free
activities including water polo and life saving.
Contact your local pool to see what's on
Olympic silver medallist David Davies thinks it's a
'Swimming is excellent for providing all-round fitness
because it tones your entire body and gets the heart rate pumping.
It is a sport that is accessible to people of all ages and -
whether you do it for fun or competitively - the benefits are huge.
There are so many excellent facilities around every local authority
in Wales so I would encourage everyone, young and old, to take
advantage of Free Swimming and get in.'
Backed by £3.5m of annual funding from the Welsh Government,
this Free Swimming initiative aims to increase participation in
physical activity and improve the health and well-being of the
nation. The first initiative of its kind in Europe, Free Swimming
is managed by Sport Wales, supported by Swim Wales and delivered by
partners in local authorities.