Date posted 26 Nov 2019

At Better we understand the value of swimming, the national governing body for swimming, Swim England, recently published a report on the health & social benefits of regularly participating in swimming. As an operator of a pools we know the importance of being physically active, with swimming being an essential life skill for all.

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults cannot swim 25m and that 1 in 4 children leave primary school not being able to swim the statutory 25 metre distance set out in the national curriculum.  Worse still, 1 in 5 children cannot self rescue. We know that although children participate in school lessons, many will need additional practice between lessons to keep up and progress their ability.

We know the positive effects that swimming can have on the body, but are you aware of the knock on effects to the NHS? Weekly swimming participation in England saves the NHS and our social care system more than £357 million a year.

The research goes on to reveal that 1.4 million adults feel that swimming significantly reduces their anxiety or depression. It’s also linked to improved sleep!

The full report is available to read online at