UK Swimming

Silly Outfits, Serious Fun and Accepting the Role of 'Swimming Ambassador'

Rebecca Adlington OBE | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Sport
Rebecca Adlington OBE

It's not every day I do breakfast TV interviews dressed up in a Victorian swimming costume and straw hat. But it's certainly a great way to attract attention to the need for more school swimming lessons and to raise awareness of how important it is for every child to learn to swim at least 25 metres before they leave primary school - a subject really close to my heart...

Swimming With Sharks - Who Wants to Join Me?

Catherine Capon | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Catherine Capon

Photographs by Joe Platko Before this year, I had never (knowingly) shared the water with a shark. In fact, I will admit that I was one of those peop...

So You Think I'm Lucky?

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Knowing how important physical exercise is to keep Parkinson's at bay, I have taken to swimming on a regular basis, in the hope this will help retain my mobility for as long as possible. The other morning as I entered the Sports Center, I was practically accosted by a woman who appeared out of nowhere.

Swim the Hellespont - And Change Your Life

Bill Coles | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Sport
Bill Coles

It's not a very long swim; it's not too dangerous either. In fact if you're looking for bragging rights, then the two-and-a-half mile Hellespont is probably not for you. But what the Hellespont has is history. It drips with history. It is - without any question - the world's most iconic swim.

6 Swimming Teachers Fall Pregnant Within Weeks Of Each Other

SWNS | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents

A group of swimming teachers have said there must be something in the water after all falling pregnant within weeks of each other. The six women (o...

Rebecca Adlington's Advice For Parents Taking Their Babies Swimming

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents

Rebecca Adlington gave birth six weeks ago and has wasted no time in heading to the pool with her newborn daughter Summer and husband Harry Needs. ...

You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen An Elephant Happily Swimming Laps

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK

A safari park in Japan has opened up a elephantine swimming pool for its resident pachyderms. The attraction was established to allow visitors to e...

In Praise of Year-Round Outdoor Swimming

Gill Paul | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gill Paul

You have Technicolour skin when you climb out of the water: lobster pink and mauve in my case. The circulation boost has great anti-ageing effects on the capillaries, leaving skin supple and glowing. Some claim it combats cellulite as well.

Can You Spot The Boy Drowning In This Pool?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Parents

In a pool full of children, inflatable rings, and recurrent wave, a lifeguard was the only person who managed to spot a young boy who was close to dro...

Daring to be Different

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Anyone who knows me understands that I am very confident with appearing different, whether that involves wearing bibs, a helmet, nappies or a harness ...

Second Man Found Dead After Swimming Near Waterfall In Snowdonia

PA | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK

A 33-year-old man and a 21-year-old man have died after getting into difficulty while swimming near a waterfall in Snowdonia, Wales.Another two, aged ...

19 Reasons We're Already Dreading The Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Comedy

It's nearly here folks. That's right... Yes, the summer holidays are just around the corner, waiting for us like some huge inflatable 'novelty'...

This Girl Was Swimming, Then A Manatee Appeared...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Comedy

It's like 'Jaws'... but without the threat. Yes, Caroline Winch was having a lovely time swimming off the coast of Florida with her friends, when a...

These Underwater Babies Have An Important Message For You

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents

These incredible photos of 'Underwater Babies' are not only adorable, but they also aim to raise parents' awareness of an important issue. "Underwa...

#ThisGirlCan Convinced Me To Have A Swimming Lesson, Aged 23 And A Half

Rachel Moss | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

I've hated the water for as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is going to a toddler's swimming class and being absolutely petrified. They made us jump is, I cried a lot and refused, point blank, to ever go back.

I Am Not a Springboard

Felicity Fox | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Fox

I am jolted out of my reasoning when one of them uses me as a springboard. All I can feel is feet pressing down on my hidden bits as he pushes himself off me, leaving me with a mouthful of chlorine as the splash hits.

Low Self-Esteem Puts Women Off Sport. This Has Got To Change.

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Women are not engaging in sports activities for fear of being "judged about how they look", the chairman of Sport England has revealed. Research by...

Falling in Love....

Lisa Regan | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

The first class will always be hard and you will feel slightly at a disadvantage but not knowing the lay of the land. I remember a couple of years ago trying a step aerobics class, (now back then I didn't have the professional like rhythm I have now......)

Think It's Mostly Germans Who Reserve Sunbeds? Think Again...

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

We've all heard Brits moaning about Germas reserving sunbeds at the pool on holiday, but it seems that the stereotype may be the wrong way around. ...

Harmful Chemicals Found In Swimming Pools

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As disgusting as it is, we all know that when you go swimming there's a high chance that somebody's relieved themselves in the pool. Yack. Now a ne...

Nothing To See Here, Just A Cat Having Hydrotherapy Treatment

Barcroft | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forget about lapping up milk, there is nothing thiscat enjoys more than doing laps of his local swimming pool. Meet Roy, the one-year-old puss whos...

This Is An Underwater Cathedral Of Ice

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Tech

From the surface icebergs are giant, majestic towers but underneath they're vast cathedrals of clear ice. This video shows free-diving genius Stig ...

Let's Not Get Carried... But Let's Get Excited!

Mark Foster | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

I have always maintained for some of our swimmers being the best in Britain is the be all and end all - but this does not apply anymore. This year, this is changing... After the Commonwealth Games and now the Europeans, we have several events where we have five people in the top 20 in the world. Now that's real depth.

The Rise of the New British Swimming Team... in the Fast Lane to Rio

Mark Foster | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Sport
Mark Foster

By the time Rio comes around our squad will be peaking and close to its very best. In my 23 years of being on the UK swimming team, I have never seen such strength and depth in the squad, so these are very exciting times. This all demonstrates that for the last couple of years, British Swimming has been doing its ground work and is clearly getting something right.

Five Things I Haven't Learnt at All About Holidaying With Kids

Andrea Mara | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Every year, bright-eyed and innocent, I look forward to going on holidays with my kids. And every year, I am taken by surprise to find that the holiday isn't quite the restful experience I expected. Here's what I have, in theory, learned this year - but will forget all over again by next year.