LAST week we put the spotlight on three sports you might consider giving a go in 2019, and now it’s the turn of swimming.

Chard & District Swimming Club welcome swimmers from age 7+, and the club meets on six days a week.

Those times are:

Mondays at Crewkerne (6-7pm juniors, 6.30-8pm older juniors, 7-9pm seniors);

Wednesdays at Axminster (6.30-7.30pm juniors, 7-8.30pm older juniors, 7.30-9pm seniors);

Thursdays at Axminster (6.30-7.30pm juniors, 7.30-9pm seniors);

Fridays at Axminster (7.30-9pm seniors);

Saturday mornings in Axminster (7-9am seniors);

Sundays at Axminster (4.30-5.30pm juniors, 5.30-7pm seniors).

The club aims to offer sessions suitable for swimmers who are competent in front crawl, but also works with swim schools to encourage children to build up those skills.

Equally, the club would also like to hear from masters swimmers, and is looking to expand into water polo as a regular session.

The club has an experienced team of coaches who try to make training fun and inspiring, while swimmers can also develop their experience through gala events, leagues and open meets.

For more details on joining the club, you can email the organisers via

And why try swimming? A club spokesman said: “Primarily it’s a life skill; being a strong swimmer opens many doors for our kids that one may not have considered, for example water sports such as surfing and so on, as the water confidence swimmers gain from being part of a club is second to none!

“Swimming for a club offers so much more, becoming part of a tight-knit group of friends that work hard together and see each other through the highs and lows of the sport.

“Swimming is a low impact sport which means that it works the body without having a negative impact on the skeletal system – lowering the risk of injury.

“Swimming improves posture, balance and flexibility while toning nearly all muscles in the body, and it boosts self-confidence and self-discipline.”