It is never too late to learn how to swim! Swim Wales believes that every person should have a chance to learn to swim and become the very best swimmer they can be.
Swim Wales work with lesson providers to ensure that lessons are engaging and motivating for all abilities, and ultimately provide a pathway into independent swimming.
Making the decision to learn to swim as an adult will help develop individual confidence, ability and skill in the aquatic environment. Learning to swim is a life skill which can enhance quality of life through physical activity and achievement of goals – whether that be to complete a triathlon, join a Masters swimming club, take advantage of the 60+ Free Swimming Initiative in Wales or just enjoy being in and around the water with family and friends. Not to forget that swimming is great fun, with plenty of room for progression and improvement.
Confident swimmers can be given the opportunity to improve all of the four strokes, go into the competitive side of swimming or to join a Masters club which are aimed at adults over the age of 18.
The Adult Learn to Swim Awards are:
Learn: The Learn Award is about gaining the confidence to enter the pool safely. It also covers the ability to move around the pool with confidence and to achieve basic core aquatic skills. These are entries, exits, buoyancy, balance and aquatic breathing.
Improve: Completing the Improve Award will mean you have the necessary skills to start swimming independently over increasing distances (from 50 up to 200 metres). You won’t need support or floatation equipment.
Active: By completing the Active Award you will be able to swim up to 400 metres independently. You’ll also have the confidence to try other pool activities, such as Aqua aerobics or lane swimming. Gaining this Award also means you could confidently enter the Masters section of a swimming club. It is about advanced swimming skills to enable you to participate in different activities such as triathlon, open water swimming and lane swimming.
Find a Swim School
Find an Adult Learn to Swim Wales provider near you through our Find a Pool section.