Worcester Local Aquatic Network

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The aim of this page is to offer a ‘One Stop Shop' for aquatic activity across the city. This could be swimming/aquatics for fun, for fitness, for competition, as a life skill, as a career, as part of other sports (Triathlon, sailing, sub aqua etc) or as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

We aim to give you the latest information and links to sites and activities that may be of interest to you.

We are also very interested in what aquatic activity you would like to see available within the City and also, promoted on this page, so please let us know either by email or comment/message on our Worcester LAN Facebook page.

Worcester City Council and Worcester City Local Aquatic Network, make no warranty about the events and activities publicised and will not be responsible for any loss or damage of any nature, however arising, from the use of or reliance on the information contained in this website, nor for activities that residents take part in as a consequence of this site. Information is subject to change and was correct at the time of publishing. Please use the contact details and websites provided to find out more about each activity.

About the Worcester Local Aquatic Network

Worcester Local Aqautic Network

What is The Local Aquatic Network (LAN)? 

It is a network of organisations from across Worcester City, that are involved in aquatics in some form, who are keen to improve the opportunities for people across the city to take part in some form of aquatic activity.

Organisations involved include:

  • Worcester City Council
  • The ASA (National Governing Body for Swimming)
  • Worcester Swimming and Fitness Centre
  • Worcester Swimming Club
  • University of Worcester
  • Triathlon England
  • Regency School
  • Kings School
  • Heart of Worcestershire College
  • Snoezelen
  • Worcester Citizens Pool

Did you know:

  • Even a gentle swim can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run?
  • Because water is about 800 times denser than air, you can work harder, and burn more calories, in a pool than out of it
  • Female swimmers have been shown to experience significantly less tension, depression and anger after exercising than before.
  • Low-intensity sports such as swimming have been found to decrease the risk of stroke in middle-aged and older men.
  • At least one in six people in Britain suffer from depression at any one time - rhythmic and aerobic forms of exercise such as swimming can improve psychological wellbeing.
  • Swimming can support up to 90% of the body's weight in the water, meaning that those with disabilities, injuries or illnesses such as arthritis can take part in a comfortable and safe environment. It also means you gain a full body workout.
  • The support of the water for arthritis sufferers allows less painful movements in affected joints as well as toning up the supporting muscles. Swimming can also reduce the risk of arthritis by helping to retain normal muscle strength and joint structure.
  • Taking part in physical activity such as swimming can prevent diseases and conditions that cause loss of function in later life. 
  • Different swimming strokes challenge different muscles within the body so you can choose where you tone up.
  • The pressure of water causes a shift of blood volume from the periphery of the body to the thorax. This increases venal pressure and so leads to a decrease in heart rate of up to 20bpm lower in water than on land. The same intensity of exercise at a lower heart rate. Only in the pool!!

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