Getting used to the water. Getting fit. Getting Faster. Me and the water.
Get Ireland Swimming is a Swim Ireland participation initiative with specific reference in the National Physical Activity Plan. The programme is being delivered by us in conjunction with Sport Ireland, Ireland Active, Healthy Ireland and The Departments of Sport, Health and Education to promote swimming, water polo, diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming for all ages through community and schools programmes.
Swim Ireland’s Strategic Plan 2017–2021 includes for the first time, a specific section on Participation with our goal to ‘Get Ireland Swimming’. Our Participation Department aims to develop and encourage participation across all aquatic disciplines in Ireland.
There a number of ways to get involved in any of the aquatic disciplines, the most common and useful method would be to become a member of your local club.
If you aren’t ready to register with a club we recommend registering for special membership or getting involved in one of our community programmes, each of which are available to a range of ages and abilities.
Our Participation Team of Grainne and Bethany will be happy to help with any queries you have.
Get Ireland Swimming Prospectus
Swim Ireland believes that real change can and will be achieved if we all work together and concentrate on what we call the 3 Ps: People; Programmes; and Partnerships. Get Ireland Swimming was developed in 2017 with a view to building a swimming culture and leading to behaviour change within communities beyond one event or programme. To do this we have developed a range of programmes that are fun, sustainable and, we believe, will lead to life-long patterns of participation. We have developed this prospectus as a call out to partners, present and future. We want to show you the programmes that are already there for the priority target groups and invite you to talk to us about rolling them out in your area. All programmes can be adapted to suit your local needs and we are always open to suggestions on creating new ones. We can also help you in evaluating outcomes.
In our Get Ireland Swimming Prospectus you will find a menu of options for different target groups. The menu is very varied ranging from lanes and lengths to aqua aerobics, aqua fit, mini polo, mermaid tails (yes really!!) and lots of open water fun. We also provide training for staff or community leaders in programme delivery, leadership development for young people, retention programmes and much more. Talk to us and help us build a sustainable swimming culture in your area.
Swim For A Mile
Become a confident swimmer in 10 weeks! Follow along with weekly training plans and build up to complete a timed mile in a pool near you.
Learn to Swim
Our Learn to Swim programme will empower and inspire your child to challenge themselves on their own personal journey of learning to swim.