More than fourteen million people in the UK can’t swim one length of a swimming pool according to Swim England – almost one third of the population.

That’s why Newquay Leisure World has introduced a brand-new adult learn to swim session from 2.45 to 3.30pm on Monday afternoons.

“Being confident in the water is even more important in a place like Cornwall, with all our lovely beaches,” said GLL senior manager Amelia Kitchen.

“We recognise that learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting experience but Ed, our fantastic swim teacher and community sports officer, makes the class fun.

“It takes place in the whole pool so everyone in the water is a learner too and there’s a very relaxed feel.

“Swimming is an incredibly valuable life skill and opens doors to other many other water-based activities like surfing, sailing and paddleboarding.

“The new session teaches safety as well as competency and I’d encourage any nervous adult swimmer to join us.”

Operating under the Better brand, GLL is a not-for-profit social enterprise that runs Newquay Leisure World and eight other leisure centres in Cornwall.

Members pay an additional £3.50 for each lesson and the cost to non-members is £12 per lesson. There are also Swim Doctor training sessions for more advanced swimmers on Monday evenings from 7-8pm.

Advance booking is recommended. For more information, email or visit