Active Adults

Free Swimming for 60+

Take the plunge with the 60+ Free Swimming Initiative!

Free swimming for the Over 60'sWhy not take the plunge! - if you're 60 yrs or over and looking to try something different then the Welsh Assembly Governments ‘Free Swimming Initiative’ aimed to get people healthier and more physically active may be just what you're looking for.

During selected sessions people aged 60 yrs and over are able to access swimming pools for FREE in Wales. If swimming laps aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other water activities you could try. Try walking or running in water, which many people find easier to do than on land. Treading water can be exhausting but will help tone your legs and arms.

Many pools also offer a FREE activity with an Instructor each week, this may vary from pool to pool, so it’s always worth checking in advance. But why not bring your friends along to one of the following:

  • AquaFit session;
  • Learning to swim;
  • Stroke Improvement sessions;
  • AquaGym workout.

Please note, check with a doctor before beginning your exercise program, especially if you have chronic back, joint, heart, or inner-ear problems.

To find out more information on Free Swimming including testimonies from current scheme users, listen to the Free swimming podcast.

Why Swimming? Free Swimming for the Over 60's

Swimming has a number of benefits, some of which include:

Improving your fitness:

Swimming tones your entire body whilst improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time. A workout routine that includes swimming can help reduce high blood pressure, which lowers your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Reduced risk of injuries from swimming activities:

There is a low risk of any swimming injuries because there’s no stress on your bones, joints or connective tissues due to buoyancy. If you’re looking for a safe daily workout routine, swimming is ideal because you can rigorously work out with a reduced chance of swimming injuries.

Help to lose weight:

If you’re looking to lose weight, swimming is just the ticket. On average, a swimmer can burn as many calories in an hour as a runner who runs six miles in one hour.

Meet new people:

Whether it’s taking part in a swimming session or activity the pool is a great place to meet new people or take your friends along to do something fun!

Stress reduction:

Swimming is extremely relaxing because it allows more oxygen to flow to your muscles and forces you to regulate your breathing. It’s also a great way to relieve stress.

Welsh Assembly Government's Data Summary Report for the period April 2004 to Sept 07.