The Adults programme currently consists of Adults Learn-to-Swim (ALTS), level 1 and 2 Four good reasons to swim for fitness : Breathing Because the face is submerged underwater every few seconds, swimming laps requires the lungs to take in large amounts of air. When the swimmer's face tilts up for a breath, the lungs take the opportunity to increase their intake of air. By the end of a half hour or 45-minute swim, fresh oxygen has recharged every muscle and organ in the body. Joints Swimming is not a resistance activity in the traditional sense, which means it doesn't help strengthen bones the way weight lifting, running, or dancing can. But the flip side of the buoyancy of swimming is that it provides relief to the body's joints. With the weight of the water supporting the swimmer's body, synovial fluid lubricates the joints, allowing for greater mobility once the swimmer walks and runs again. Muscles Although swimming laps doesn't strengthen bones, it's a great way to improve muscular strength. Who doesn't admire the smooth, elongated muscles of Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe or US Olympian Michael Phelps? Mind The repetitive motion of lap swimming combined with the 30 minutes to an hour that you slice through the water, make it an ideal activity to practice meditation in motion. Leave the cares of the day on the pool deck and let the weight of the water support you. Take deep breaths, and feel the tension in your body fade. The cool turquoise water envelops you and soon your heart and lungs, working in tandem, energize limbs and brain alike.