Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall

Free swimming lessons for non-swimmers available across the County

Free swimming lessons for non-swimmers available across the County

Free swimming lessons are now on offer to non-swimmers at a variety of pools across Cornwall, as part of a £140 million national Government initiative.

The sessions are for any non-swimmers aged 11 years and over, with the specific target age groups of 15-17 years and 60+. It is also inclusive of hard to reach groups such as participants from deprived communities, those with health issues, families and people with special needs.

The scheme, funded by the ASA (formerly known as the Amateur Swimming Association), five Government Departments and Sport England, will provide 6 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor.

8-12 participants are required for a session to run, so make sure you register your interest at your local pool (contact details of participating centres can be found by clicking here). If you are interested but are concerned about transport or childcare support, there is some potential group funding available to help with these as well.

Neil Hutchinson, the Swimming Coordinator for Cornwall, explains: “The Government's free swimming programme has been designed to give more people the opportunity to swim and maximise the health benefits of swimming.

“The initiative is a key part of plans to leave a lasting legacy from London 2012, helping more people across the country to get active. Free swimming lessons are part of this initiative and I’m delighted that so many centres are taking part in Cornwall. I really hope that Cornish residents make the most of this fantastic opportunity to get in the water and receive some expert tuition”.

Click here for information regarding participating pools
or contact the Swimming Coordinator for Cornwall, Neil Hutchinson on 07787148360 or email