Active Northumberland is launching a range of new and innovative pool-based fitness sessions and lessons to encourage more people to use their local swimming pool.
Leisure centres in Ashington and Blyth will be running a series of low impact exercise classes that use water resistance to improve aerobic fitness, core strength and weight loss.
Short taster sessions are being held in Blyth on February 11 and Ashington on February 25, so anyone can try the classes for free.
Aquajog, hydrofit, hydrofighter and floatfit sessions will be on offer at the participating centres on a rotation basis throughout the year as the centres will be sharing the new equipment.
New adult learning sessions are also being introduced. Swimming For The Terrified will introduce non-swimmers into the water building on confidence, basic skills and safety and Flat Out And Floating will teach people to float, relax and move confidently in the water.
The Take The Plunge initiative is part of a Sport England scheme to help increase participation in the sport, especially among adults.
Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure at Northumberland County Council, said: “Active Northumberland are working hard to make swimming more accessible and appealing and to encourage more people to take the plunge and feel the benefits – both physical and social – that swimming brings. The exciting new classes offer more choice for local residents and focus on the idea of bringing the gym to the pool.”
The open days are expected to be popular. To book a place, call 01670 620200.