Why Swim?

Someone once told me that swimming is the only sport that you can participate in "gums to gums" and although in very simple terms... how true is that! Swimming is very unique in the way that anyone, young or old, can take part. Emma Thomas, Swim Well Brand Development Manager.

Swimming is a great way to get healthy and to stay healthy. Plus you don't have to swim to get fit in the water... why not try one of our Aqua aerobics classes to 'wet' you're appetite?

Varying the exercise you do will help bring about changes in the way you look. If you don't think you look great in your costume, don't worry. Most pools now offer a range of swimwear options and all of Trafford Community Leisure Trusts facilities have a range of swimwear for you to buy on site - so there really is no excuse to give it a go!

Proven benefits of swimming regularly...

Weight Loss

30 minutes of steady paced lane swimming burns over 200 calories - that's over 400 calories per hour!


Pressure and resistance of the water makes your body work that little bit harder. 30 minutes activity in water is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on dry land.


The water takes your weight, so swimming can be a great activity for those who need low impact exercise - for example pregnant women or people with mobility problems who want to protect their joints. Swimming also works as a fast effective remedy for healing muscles.

Cardio Fitness

Swimming works your whole body for all over toning. Swimming is also great for your heart. Because you are using your whole body your heart needs to pump blood to your arms and legs, helping circulation too. It is great for lungs also - lane swimming in particular encourages you to breathe in a deep rhythmic way which can give your lungs a boost.

General Wellbeing

Being in water can have great psychological benefits too - the pool water can literally 'take you away from it all' as well as feeling refreshing, relaxing and liberating.


Imagine not being able to enjoy the cool refreshing sea or pool on holiday. For some people this is reality. Over 50% of adults in the UK are weak or non-swimmers - in stark terms this equates to over 600 accidental drownings' per year in the UK.