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Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. Due to the unique properties of water, swimming can help people with long-term health conditions to be more active. The buoyancy supports those with balance problems and helps to reduce the risk and fear of falling. It places less stress on the joints and makes exercise more comfortable and practical than on dry land. This helps people with musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Swim England research has revealed that swimming can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also improve sleep and quality of life.

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Places to swim

There's a range of local leisure centres you can swim at:



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Swimming lessons

If you can't swim, it's never too late to learn. Swimming lessons for all the family at BPL centres.

Book swimming lessons in Barnsley.

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Swimming clubs

Why not try competitive swimming? It's a great way to keep fit, take part in gala's and make new friends.


Swim for less

The Barnsley Leisure Card gives you exclusive access to discounts across a huge variety of leisure activities across all of our Barnsley sites, keeping you active more often, for less! 


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