Swim England poll of 1,000 parents highlights how one in three 11-year-olds are unable to swim 25 metres or more
Swimming lessons – and swimming baths – have changed dramatically since this photograph of Bristol North Baths was taken. Image by Paul Townsend (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).
Swimming is both an important life skill and an enjoyable sporting activity. We at Swim and Leisure Supplies cannot fail to be inspired by swimmers who devote their time to the sport professionally or semi-professionally. Especially those who pick up medals from the Commonwealth Games and the modern Olympic Games. They would think nothing of swimming 25 metres.
Cast your mind back to your formative years. Remember when you started school swimming lessons. There’s every chance you made your first strokes with a rubber ring, armbands, or a float (cork or polystyrene). At some swimming pools, you may have held onto the swimming instructor’s long wooden stick to complete your length.
For daring swimmers, swimming the English Channel is the pinnacle of many people’s achievements. It is all the more challenging, being one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. The 33 kilometres is nothing on the 500 km that cover the length of Ireland.
The first of an occasional series focusing on wild swimming venues in the Republic of Ireland
Please note: all of the wild swimming venues covered in this article are more suitable for strong swimmers. If swimming in the sea, always take heed of the warning signs and the lifeguard’s instructions. Thank you.
If you go on the Outdoor Swimming Ireland website, there is a number of established wild swimming venues that are popular with tourists and local swimmers alike. Some of which have been regular spots for several years.
If you’re of a certain age, swimming lessons conjure up images of being whisked away from school to a municipal pool on a double decker bus. It also creates images of cold changing rooms, picking up bricks from the bottom of the deep end, and bossy swimming instructors. Also that of woollen swimming costumes and holding onto a stick as you learn to kick your way along 25 metres of pool. more »