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Health Promotion Service Cornwall and Isles of Scilly


Swimming for Health

Due to its popularity, the Swimming for Health sessions are only available on referral. However, if you require further information regarding Swimming for Health contact Chris Cleator or Claire Boyd on 01209 313419.

We currently run four sessions around Cornwall: St Ives, Helston, Truro and Bodmin.

The sessions are aimed at individuals who have a medical condition or are at risk from their health deteriorating. This includes obesity, increased weight or the pre diabetic individual who would benefit from water based exercise but may not have the confidence to attend public pool swimming session.

These swim sessions encourage individuals to become more physically active to benefit their health. With the help of a swim teacher they can build their confidence in the water, learn rehabilitation exercises or improve their swimming technique in a safe and friendly environment.

Who would benefit from these sessions?

The sessions are suitable for anyone who would benefit from increasing their activity (including non- swimmers) but who may struggle to do so through more mainstream activities such as walking or gym based exercise, ie individuals who have bone or joint problems, individuals with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or have had a stroke or to individuals who are overweight or obese, who find it difficult to work at a duration or intensity which aids weight management.

What are the benefits of exercising in water?

Exercising in water has numerous benefits. It offers participants increased mobility and flexibility. As the individual’s body weight is supported in the water it reduces the stresses and pressure on joints making it an excellent non-weight bearing activity, allowing individuals to exercise at a higher intensity for longer than other forms of activity. Individuals also benefit from the resistance that water offers, subtly toning and strengthening muscles.

How are the sessions run?

The sessions are supervised by qualified staff who can give practical advice on how to structure and increase swimming or water based activity over a number of weeks. The sessions are informal, friendly and supportive, offering varying levels of support depending upon an individual’s needs and requirements.

Online referral form

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