Why swim in Solihull? Swimming is a great all-round form of physical activity. It’s ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or fitness level. A few 30–45-minute sessions of moderate to vigorous intensity swimming per week is a great way of working towards your recommended level of physical activity. The top 8 benefits of swimming are:
- Full body workout,
- Great for general wellbeing,
- De-stresses and relaxes,
- Burns calories effectively,
- Lowers the risk of diseases,
- Supports your body weight,
- Increases energy levels,
- Exercising without the sweat!
Where to Swim in Solihull?
Solihull Council Leisure Centre Swimming Pools
Our 33m swimming pool is where we host our award-winning swimming lessons. It’s also a fantastic area for those that want to swim for fun or for fitness. For little ones still getting used to the water, we also boast a learner pool for them to enjoy.
Want to swim for fun, fitness or you do you want to learn to swim? Our award-winning swimming lessons, our 25m eight-lane pool is the perfect place to do it. Additionally, younger swimmers can enjoy our learner pool, and divers our diving pool.
Other Local Leisure Centres and Health Clubs Swimming Pools
Local Swimming Clubs and Providers
- Solihull Swimming Club; for over half a century Solihull Swimming Club has been a pivotal sports team within the Borough of Solihull. The club has a proud history of developing athletes both young and old, working toward their individual goals, be it learning to swim or competing at the Olympic Games and everything in between.
- Blythe Barracudas Swimming Club; a friendly, competitive club based in Solihull in the West Midlands and always welcome enquiries from swimmers interested in joining us, to take swimming to the next level, for fun and fitness, or to kickstart the learn to swim journey.
- Kingsbury Swimming Club; started in 1974, a not-for-profit organisation run by coaches and volunteers, bringing individuals, and families together to coach, support and motivate each other to improve swimming skills and share social skills. Provides a programme and a platform that allows members to progress from beginners to national champions, and to coaches should they wish to.
- Simply Swimming; local swim school, teaching children and adults the most important life skill for over 25 years.
- George Swim Academy; progressive swimming lessons for all abilities and ages, with highly experienced instructors in a safe, fun, and friendly environment. Lessons run on a weekly basis at Solihull School. No membership fees needed.
- S4 Swim School; S4 Swim School provides swimming lessons in Solihull, West Midlands. We offer a wide choice of swimming lessons throughout the week at two swimming pools in Solihull (Langley Primary School and Streetsbrook Infant and Nursery School).
- Aqua Splash Swimming; baby and children’s swimming lessons in a private heated pool.
- Aqua Jems; exclusive use of Langley Primary School pool, making it a great environment for learning – lessons run term time only.
- Diamond Swim Academy; based at Langley Primary School pool, running Adult and Baby, Adult and Toddler and Pre School lessons, ages from 0-2.5 years.
- KSA; offers a range of swimming services, from local pools in Solihull (Langley Primary School and Streetsbrook Infant and Nursery School).
- Dolphin Swim School; small, friendly, Solihull based swim school, running lessons for all ages and all abilities.
Whether you’re an experienced swimmer or just starting out and learning how to swim, it can still be useful to get up to speed with some key swimming tips.
Before you start
- GP Check: For most people, swimming is a safe, accessible, and effective form of exercise. If you’re worried about an existing health condition, see your GP before you start swimming.
- Swimming Attire: Ensure swimwear is comfortable, durable, chlorine resistant and quick drying. There are a range of swimming attire to choose from swimsuits through to modest fitting garments (swim dresses, leggings and long or short sleeved t-shirts), so everyone feels happy and comfortable in the water. Goggles and a swim hat are both also worth considering as they protect your hair and eyes from chlorine.
- Suitability: There are a range of swimming opportunities available whether you want to swim for fun, for fitness, or if you want to simply begin your swimming journey through the ‘learn to swim’ programmes for both adults and children. To get the most out of your session, ensure you’re training with swimmers of similar ages and abilities. Sessions can range from public swimming, through to senior swimming, men’s, or women’s only sessions, disability swimming, lane swimming and family fun swim sessions with pool toys, floats, and inflatables.
Time to Swim
- Entry and Exit Shower: Don’t forget to shower before you hit the pool. Showering before swimming helps to keep the water clean and healthy for everyone using the pool. Showering thoroughly afterwards will help you get the pool chemicals out of your hair and skin.
- Don’t forget to Warm Up: Just as you would if you were training in the gym, begin your swim regime with a quick warm up. To get your blood pumping, and to get your body used to the water temperature, and reduce the chance of injury, start by gliding in the pool for a few minutes.
- Swimming Aids: You might see or use different types of floats and equipment around the poolside. These swimming aids will help with your pool confidence and swimming ability. Swim England provides a guide to how to use some swimming aids.
- Lane Swimming Etiquette: Lane etiquette consists of always stopping at the end of the lane to let faster swimmers pass by. It also involves finding out if the lane operates clockwise or anti-clockwise.
Tips to help overcome a fear of swimming
To overcome a fear of swimming can be difficult. It can hold many people back from learning to swim, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Swim England have collated some tips to help you overcome the fear of swimming: Tips to help overcome a fear of swimming
Tips for learning the four swimming strokes
Swim England have collated some tips to help you learn the four swimming strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly, after mastering the basics skills of swimming: Learning the four swimming strokes | Tips for success.
Swim England #LoveSwimming
Check out the following inspirational videos captured through the #LoveSwimming campaign; a national campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of swimming delivered by Swim England.