It's never too late to make a splash at new Bath swimming school
For children, learning to swim is often as natural as getting to grips with riding a bike.
But for adults who missed out on swimming lessons, the water can still hold fears well into middle age.
Now a specialist swimming school in Bath has started lessons specifically for grown-ups.
The ten-week course run by the Bath School of Swimming (BSoS) is split into two ability levels – beginners and intermediary – and starts again on September 17.
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Its owner Suzy Granger said: "You would be amazed at how much you can learn in just ten weeks. It sounds like a cliche, but learning to swim can be a truly life-changing experience. It can impact your life from simple things like being able to take a shower through to going in the sea on holiday."
She said many adults had an irrational fear of water or relied on "poor technique" such as breaststroke with the head up and out of the water.
Both sessions take place at Prior Park College, with the intermediate level designed for swimmers who want to improve their style so they can get fit, learn to swim a new stroke, such as front crawl, or train for an event such as a triathlon.
Suzy added: "Most of the intermediate swimmers come on the course because they want to learn to swim front crawl, breathing to the side properly and because they want to be able to swim more than two lengths without either swallowing half a pool of water or getting out of breath."
She said the benefits of swimming included increased cardiovascular fitness, improved muscle tone, strength and flexibility.
BSoS also runs a wide range of lessons for children of all ages and abilities at the college.
Leisure operator Aquaterra also runs adult swimming lessons at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre on Sunday mornings, while classes are also available at the University of Bath sports training village.