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The Importance of Learning to Swim

Whether you’re an adult who has never learned or a child just starting out, there are many reasons why it’s important to learn how to swim.

However, the most important reason is that learning to swim is the only sport which can save your or your child’s life! Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death in the UK, so being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill.

Learning to swim is a skill that once learnt is rarely forgotten and it is open to people of all ages.

Remember, you can’t be with your children 24/7; learning to swim may save their life one day

Other reasons why you should learn to swim

Swimming is lots of fun for people of all ages and children especially love getting in the water and enjoying themselves.

But it is not just about fun, swimming also provides loads of health benefits which can help to keep you and your children healthy and happy at the same time. For example, swimming keeps your heart and lungs healthy, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture

Another great thing about swimming is that adults and children of any age or ability can take part and it is more accessible for people with additional needs than almost any other sport.

Swimming provides challenges and rewards accomplishments, which particularly helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities. By joining a local swimming class, your child will have plenty of opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.

Additional Activities

Your good health, having fun and building confidence are not the only reasons why you should learn to swim. Learning to swim also opens up the door to a range of other activities including water sports like kayaking, canoeing, surfing, yachting and scuba diving.

One of the fastest growing sports in the UK is triathlon and swimming is the first leg for every triathlon event, so you can’t even contemplate competing if you can’t swim, no matter how fit you are.

Sharks Swim School

If you’re looking for a local swim school for yourself or your child, then look no further. Swansea Sharks Swim School is a professional swimming school based in Sketty.

Our ethos is that all children should become great swimmers whether they wish to compete in the future or not. Once our children become competent swimmers, if they wish to progress to competitions then can enrol in our development school.

In addition to children’s classes we also run adults only classes from beginners to advanced for adults looking to improve their techniques and abilities.

Some of our teachers have more than 30 years’ experience of teaching and our young swimmers regularly compete in national competitions across Wales and the UK.

Tri School

For those interested in competing in triathlons, we also run a dedicated Tri school designed to provide training for children and young adults and for those with disabilities. Our training programmes are designed to develop technique, skills, strength and endurance Improve your swimming, biking and running skills under the expert guidance of our coaches.

We also run inter-club competitions and time trials to give you thorough practice before the triathlon, duathlon or aquathlon that you may be working towards.

Contact Us

To find out more about our Swim, Development or Tri School or book lessons for next term, call us today on 01792 202795 / 07788 854 832 or visit

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