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Swim For A Mile

Swim Ireland’s Swim For A Mile is an initiative aiming to encourage people to get back into the pool and become confident life-long swimmers.

Why Swim for a Mile?

The beauty about swimming, is that it’s open to people of all ages, abilities and lifestyle.

The sport is not only beneficial to your mental health but is also associated with reduced all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.

Did you know that over 230,000 adults swim in Ireland every week?

It’s quite a large number but we still want to grow it further. Perhaps you’re a lapsed swimmer or would like to set yourself a challenge for the new year, as long as you can swim two lengths of a pool, our Swim for a Mile training programme is for you. 

The simple fact is that you don’t have to be a high-level athlete for swimming to be physically beneficial and fun! As the National Governing Body for swimming, waterpolo and diving in Ireland, Swim Ireland want to encourage ever greater participation in swimming across the island. The programme has been designed with the World Health Organisation’s recommended weekly physical activity in mind and so those who follow the programme will be meeting these standards automatically. 

It is hoped that through this programme more and more people will rediscover the priceless resources at the heart of many communities – which is the local swimming pools and clubs of Ireland.

The initiative began in 2014 with over 1,000 people diving in to swim a mile. We also offer a half mile (800m) option for those who think the mile is just out of reach.

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Locations in Mayo

Ballina and Castlebar are Mayo’s two locations for Swim for a mile 2020.

Ballina: Mondays 9pm to 10pm

Castlebar: Wednesdays 7am and Thursday 8:30pm to 9:30pm

To find out more contact Deirdre Donnelly 094 9064386 Mobile 0873910337

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