Are there new swimmers at your club or pool?

The ASA would like to know if in your opinion your swimming pool or club has experienced an increase in enquiries and new members. London 2012 promised to deliver a genuine and lasting sports legacy, inspiring a generation to get active and join their local sport club. The Games certainly sparked an exciting and optimistic atmosphere in London and throughout the country, sparked by the success of Team GB who showed us that if you believe enough and work hard enough, anything is possible. So, has your facility or club seen an increase in people coming through the doors? Are there families enquiring how their little ones can become the next Tom Daley or Ellie Simmonds? The ASA would like to know if in your opinion whether your swimming pool or club has experienced an increase in enquiries and new members.
Complete this short survey and let us know how London 2012 has created a legacy in your pool.

The ASA & release: Nutrition and diet advice for swimmers

A healthy diet is vital and can help to make the most of your time in the swimming pool. Good nutrition and a healthy diet are cornerstones of improving as a swimmer and getting the most benefit from your time in the water. In the article you’ll find a range of advice on what to eat and when, whether you are a casual swimmer, swimming to manage your weight or training hard for a competition. Read the full article on the website…
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Adult Learn To Swim

Knowing how to swim is a must – it is a skill that could ultimately save your or your child’s life. But if you’re not confident in the pool, never learnt to swim or don’t know how to get your children started you might need some more advice. When you decide to learn to swim, it can be a long and challenging process, but the rewards you’ll reap in the end are well worth it. The first step is to contact your local pool and ask about adult beginner and improver classes. They will be able to tell you about times, dates, prices and whether there is a waiting list. If you are unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea of whether it’s for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers.
The feeling of accomplishment and your new-found confidence in the water are only the beginning; it’s also a great way to keep fit, tone up, and meet new people.
Here are just some of the benefits of learning to swim:
– The recommended amount of exercise for adults is 30 minutes at least five times a week and swimming is a great way to hit these targets.
– Swimming burns up to 350 calories in half an hour so it’s a great way to shape up.
– Studies have shown swimming improves psychological well being and significantly reduces tension and depression.
– It’s fun! Once you can swim, you can take part in all types of sessions such as aqua aerobics, aqua jogging and aqua zumba.
– If you’re a gym goer, you can follow a gym-style workout programme for the pool – British Gas Swimfit – to help you achieve your goals.
– It’s the only sport that can save your life. Over 400 people drown in the UK every year and it is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
– Swimming is for all. No matter what your age, weight and physical ability, swimming and water-based activities can provide you with a workout.
– Swimming is particularly good for pregnant women or those with disabilities, injuries or illnesses like arthritis because swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water.
– Swimming can offer the ultimate challenge at any level, whether that’s swimming the length of the channel in your local pool or taking the plunge at an open water British Gas Great Swim
Plus, knowing how to swim opens up a whole range of other sports, just imagine, you could don a snorkel and swim with fish, or even complete a scuba diving course. You could join a canoeing or sailing club or even take your swimming to the next level and enter competitions!
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Well Done Frank! Frank Skinner Makes a splash for sport relief

Frank Skinner has conquered his lifelong fear of water, by swimming 25 metres as part of his ‘Frank Skinner Dipping Challenge’ for Sport Relief.

The comedian put himself to the ultimate test, undergoing eight weeks of physical and psychological training to help him overcome his phobia to be able to take on the challenge. Entering the pool at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre at 10:16am today, Frank was cheered on by a very supportive audience including Adrian Chiles, Clare Balding and Karen Pickering.

Halfway through the swim, Frank swallowed water and began to panic. He said: “Towards the end I had one of my little panics that I often have – but I could hear the crowd and I just thought ‘no, no, I can’t stop now’ and I kept going. I was half drowning, half choking -It was a good advert for terror!”

However, despite a tense start, Frank managed to complete the swim in his first attempt and was greeted at the sidelines by Karen and trainer, David Tatler, with a congratulatory hug.

Upon completing the challenge, Frank said: “I’m absolutely knocked out. I’m so relieved and excited. I lay in bed last night thinking about all the different ways I wouldn’t finish that length. I want someone to learn to swim because of this. I know it looked really tough and frightening but I’ve had a good laugh and it will stay with me forever.”

Read more on the website…

Watch Frank learning to swim on Youtube…

Frank Skinner completes his Dipping Challenge for Sport Relief 2012…