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What is it?

Swimming can be enjoyed in public swimming pools, leisure clubs, gyms or in open water. Open water swimming takes place outside in open bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, reservoirs and the sea.
The Wild Swimming website has a list of safe open water wild swimming locations all across the UK. Other related water activities include water polo, diving and synchronised swimming.

Why is it good for me?

  • Swimming is a low impact exercise
  • Works almost every muscle in your body without putting your joints under stress
  • Excellent all-round activity

Is it for me?

Swimming is a sport for all ages and abilities. There is a type of swimming to suit everyone.
Open water swimming can require a higher level of strength and water confidence so it it best to start in an indoor pool and build up to outdoor swimming. There is an outdoor pool in Ilkley within easy travelling distance from Leeds.

Swimming is an easily accessible sport and there are classes all across Leeds for all abilities including women only lane swimming and swimming lessons. Grab your swimming costume and head to your local leisure centre or gym.

How much does it cost?

A swimming session at a public baths usually costs around £5. The cost of swimming lessons can vary depending on where you go. If you want one to one lessons then these will be more expensive than group lessons. If you want to join a swimming club then they usually have annual fees and additional coaching fees.

If you join a gym with a pool attached it is usually free to use the pool but you will have to pay an annual or monthly gym subscription.

What equipment do I need?

  • A swimming costume
  • Towel
  • You might also want to use swimming goggles, swimming hat and ear plugs

Become an ambassador

We want you to help us persuade more women and girls to get active, whatever their age, size, background or ability.

What is an Ambassador?
A Leeds Girls Can Ambassador: Goes through an appropriate recruitment process and signs up to Leeds City Council and Sport England’s policies and procedures. The main aim of an Ambassador is to get more women and girls in Leeds physically active. Ambassadors are required to attend monthly meetings which are vital for receiving guidance and insight around This Girl Can, this helps support their role. An Ambassador is not paid for their time, they are not required to lead a group and the roles can vary.

For further information on becoming an ambassador or any of our other roles contact Dani Penney

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Get Involved

Do you have an event, club or sport you would like to see here? Please get in touch.

Leeds Girls Can, here:

  • Women Only Swim
    10:45 am
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    The Edge, University of Leeds, Willow Terrace Road
    Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 10:45 am
    10:45 am - 12:00 pm
  • Aqua Aerobics
    12:00 pm
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    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
    Starts: October 24 @ 12:00 pm
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Train for GO TRI
    8:00 pm
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    Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley
    Leeds, LS13 3PS United Kingdom
    Starts: October 24 @ 8:00 pm
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • LLGA Women's Only Swimming
    12:30 pm
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    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
    Starts: October 26 @ 12:30 pm
    12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • LLGA Women's Only Swimming
    8:00 pm
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    Scott Hall Leisure Centre, Chapeltown
    Leeds, LS7 3DT United Kingdom
    Starts: October 26 @ 8:00 pm
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Women Only Swim & Steam
    7:15 pm
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    Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley
    Leeds, LS13 3DF United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 7:15 pm
    7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
  • Aqua Aerobics
    7:15 pm
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    Wetherby Leisure Centre, Lodge Lane LS22 5FN United Kingdom
    Starts: October 30 @ 7:15 pm
    7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
  • John Charles Centre for Sport
    John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove
    Leeds, LS11 5DJ
  • The Edge, University of Leeds
    The Edge, University of Leeds, Willow Terrace Road
    Leeds, LS2 9JT United Kingdom
  • Scott Hall Road
    Scott Hall Leisure Centre, Chapeltown
    Leeds, LS7 3DT United Kingdom
  • Bramley Baths
    Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley
    Leeds, LS13 3DF United Kingdom
  • Ilkley Lido
    Ilkley Pool & Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley
    Leeds, LS29 0BZ United Kingdom
  • Kippax Leisure Centre
    Kippax Leisure Centre, Station Road
    Leeds, LS25 7LQ United Kingdom