Designed to swim...

Discover some of the body's amazing features and capabilities.
Dive Reflex

 

Newborn Babies have a remarkable ability to survive underwater. When submerged the dive reflex takes over so that they do not breathe water into their lungs. Coordinated movements propel them along...

Cold Water

 

A number of studies have shown that sea swimming may have benefits for health, from boosting the immune system to easing skin complaints and aches and pains, as well as relieving allergies. Some research even suggests it may boost our sex lives. More...

Breath Holding

 

Discover the bodies ability to stay underwater for five minutes on just one breath without harm.

Seeing Underwater

 

Swimming goggles or a snorkel mask are essential if you want to see clearly underwater. Yet Moken sea gypsies in Thailand have an extraordinary ability to overrule an automatic reflex of the eye which allows them to see with amazing clarity under water. Recent studies show that any child can learn this trick.

Watery Grip

 

So why do our fingers and feet wrinkle in water? Is it because water enters the skin and after a time the skin swells up thus causing the wrinkles? Most people may think so but this is not the cause. Only our fingers and feet are affected despite our whole body being immersed in water, so why does it happen?

Swimming Could Cheer Up Britain

 

Want to feel more content, less grumpy and finally get a good night's sleep? Swimming could be the answer according to a  new study.

The soothing qualities of the water could help make the nation less grumpy! Negative emotions decrease at almost the same rate as positive emotions increase, suggesting that we could all be water babies at heart.

The report found that taking a regular dip at your local pool can make you feel happier as well as healthier, with participants reporting an increase of 35% in positivity during a major new four week study.

The results have also shown that the low impact sport is a tonic for everyday life, increasing levels of sleep quality (+40%) and energy levels (+51%) and fitness levels (+15%) during the course of the study.

Just a few laps a week can have an almost immediate effect, with those donning their swimsuits seeing an increase of 20% in their overall levels of well-being after just one week. These levels were maintained for the duration of the study, peaking again at 29% in the final week, found the research by British Gas SwimBritain conducted by Mindlab International. More… 

 

Take a trip back in time! Discover just how many official ASA recommended outdoor swimming facility's were available to a nation keen to take the plunge back in 1912...

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