National Swim Day – 1st February 2014

For the first time ever, Swim Ireland is teaming up with RTÉ’s Operation Transformation to bring ‘National Swim Day’ to the public on Saturday 1 February.

Taking part is easy, with over 60 local swimming pools around Ireland opening their doors to offer free swim sessions on the day. Help will be on hand at each centre, in the form of swimming instructors, including Olympic swimmer Melanie Nocher, between 2pm and 6pm to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their session.

The benefits of swimming are many-fold; it is the perfect low-impact sport as it puts little stress on bones and joints and is well-suited for arthritis sufferers, pregnant women and the overweight. Swimming is a great way to increase your fitness, get in shape and enjoy yourself and it’s a great fit for those who want an activity they can carry through the winter months, whatever the weather outside.

Swim Ireland CEO Sarah Keane said “We are delighted to be teaming up with Operation Transformation in 2014 for the first-ever ‘National Swim Day’ in Ireland. Swim Ireland’s remit is all about encouraging people in Ireland to embrace healthy lifestyles by participating in our sport and ‘National Swim Day’ on February 1st is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to get involved by going to their local pool and giving swimming a go!”

Speaking about Operation Transformation’s National Swim Day, Karl Henry, fitness expert for Operation Transformation said “Swimming is a universal sport. It’s suitable for everyone from toddlers to the elderly and because water is so much denser than air, you can work harder, and burn more calories, in a pool than out of it. It’s great for toning and cardiovascular activity and all you need to get started is a sense of fun and your swimsuit”.

So why not start Spring with a swim this February and join in the fun on Swim Ireland/Operation Transformation National Swim Day!

For further information and booking please see: www.rte.ie/ot

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