Join us at Bitterne Leisure Centre Sunday's 5-6pm for a Dementia Friendly Swim Session. Priced at just £3.
Frequently asked questions
If you're interested in joining us for a Dementia Friendly swimming session, please read the FAQs below which we hope will answer any questions you may have. You can also see our website: www.swimming.org/dementiafriendly/faq.
What makes the session dementia friendly?
A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop taking part in the activities you enjoy. Swimming is a great all-round activity that is beneficial to everyone. It is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia as the sensation of being in the water can provide a calming and soothing effect. Our Dementia Friendly swimming sessions allow you to continue doing something you love, or even give you the chance to try something new, in a safe and supportive environment.
Because we know that you might need a little extra help during your visit, we have specially trained staff and volunteers on hand to support you, all of whom completed dementia awareness training. You will be offered support if you need it at reception, in the changing area and on poolside, giving you the confidence to enjoy swimming as part of an active lifestyle.
We've also been working on improving our facilities to help make things easier for you. This varies from pool to pool but may include better signage, highlighted trip hazards, and identifiable lockers.