You’ll often hear people say that swimming is the best form of exercise, so why not take the plunge at your nearest Active National pool. More than 2.93 million people in England swim for at least 30 minutes each week and they have made a great choice as the benefits of swimming are endless.


It’s great for shaping up. Even a gentle swim can burn over 200Kcal in 30 minutes and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run.

No matter what your age, weight and physical ability, swimming and water-based activities can provide you with a workout.

It is particularly good for pregnant women and swimmers with disabilities, injuries or illnesses like arthritis because swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water. It’s great for your mental health too and can also reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It helps you to sleep, it’s low-impact, sweat free and if you needed any more persuading it’s also a lifelong skill that could save a life.


Swimming is for all! Active Nation pools cater for everyone from young babies in our Parent and Toddler sessions to Adult lessons and one-to-one sessions. It’s never too soon or too late to learn to swim and be confident and safe in the water.

Once you can swim the opportunities to get fit and active are endless at Active Nation. Our pools offer Lane Swimming, Casual Swimming, Aqua Classes, Zoggs Swim For Fitness Sessions, Family Sessions, Fun Sessions, Diving Lessons, Sessions For Disabled Supporters, Clubs, Competitions and so much more.

We even run courses so you can qualify as a lifeguard or swim teacher and inspire the next generation of young swimmers.


  • A £1 coin deposit or padlock for the locker (depending on the venue)
  • Swimming costume/shorts and a towel to dry off with