Did you know that in Wales swimming is the most popular sport to take part in today?
Many participate in the sport as part of an active lifestyle, while there are also plenty of Welsh competitive swimmers training to compete on the world stage and qualify for Team Wales in the Commonwealth Games or Team GB to compete in the Olympics.
New Zealand and Mexico swim teams held training camps in Wales National Pool in Swansea for London 2012.
We have a range of pools available for fun and training. Cardiff International Pool has both an Olympic size 50m pool certified by FINA and a leisure pool. You’ll find the South East Regional Pool in Newport International Sports Village.
Wales National Pool in Swansea is home to Swim Wales where double Olympic swimmer David Davies trained. It is one of only four intensive training centres for British Swimming and an incredibly successful British Disability High Performance Centre and was the training base for Paralympian Ellie Simmonds.
British Triathlon also based its High Performance Centre here, training some of the best triathletes in the World including World Champions Leanda Cave and Helen Jenkins. As Wales boasts some of the best landscapes in the world, triathletes are able to take advantage of the various terrains with safe off-roading on the Wales Coast Path; open water swimming is possible in Swansea as Swansea Bay is directly opposite the Wales National Pool.
Wales also has some of the best beaches in Europe and swimming in the sea is very popular in summer. It takes more hardy types to swim in our seas out of season, it's certainly a good idea to get your wetsuit on! Although that doesn't stop the tradition of Christmas and New Year swims which are increasingly popular challenges and a bit of fun! Take a look at this article for idyllic suggestions from wild swimming expert and author Daniel Start for your next dip in Wales.