Did you know that just 30 minutes of swimming 3 times a week will provide you with a full body workout, providing you with many benefits including increased cardiovascular fitness, increased calorie burning (and a higher metabolic rate), weight loss, muscle toning and what’s even better it will definitely lift your mood!  Swimming is also a great fun family activity and a very important life skill.

With ‘Drowning Prevention Week’ starting on the 15th June it makes us think about not only the health and fitness benefits of swimming and the fun to be had as a family, but also the importance of staying safe whilst swimming.  Around 400 people in the UK die every year from drowning!  Obviously, the safest place to swim is in a swimming pool where lifeguards are present, but whether in a pool or at the beach the guidelines centre around swimming somewhere safe, following pool/beach guidance, swimming with a friend or family member and knowing what to do in an emergency.

What can you do to keep you and your family safe?

•    Make sure the whole family can swim
•    Know where is safe to swim, know the environment and potential hazards
•    Read the warnings and guidelines
•    Swim together

Stockport Metro, is a fully inclusive world-class swimming programme, running lessons for all ages from infants to adults and all swimming abilities from non-swimmers to Olympic hopefuls at six Life Leisure centres across Stockport.

If you would like to learn to swim, train for an event or take your swimming to the next level why not contact us at Stockport Metro? Email swimming@lifeleisure.net