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Olympic swimmer to lead free swim fit session at Chester gym

James Goddard to feature in Speedo’s Dive In campaign at Total Fitness Chester

James Goddard will be the lead instructor for a free 60-minute swim fit sessions at Total Fitness Chester

Three-times Commonwealth champion James Goddard is urging the people of Chester to take the plunge with Speedo’s Dive In campaign at Total Fitness Chester.

The campaign aims to help adults swim their way to fitness by improving their front crawl.

Goddard will be the lead instructor for a free 60-minute swim fit sessions at Total Fitness Chester on Saturday, September 3.

Total Fitness have a strong relationship with Speedo and Olympian James Goddard and are proud to be helping deliver the national Speedo Dive In Campaign.

The swimming pool at Total Fitness Chester which will host Speedo’s Dive In campaign

Total Fitness Group Product Director, John Ahern said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Speedo to provide these fantastic events to our local communities.

“Swimming is such a vital life skill and at Total Fitness we are proud to have the best pool-side facilities to encourage everyone to take part at all levels.”

Total Fitness has invested in huge refurbishment in recent months, with poolside areas undergoing a complete transformation.

Speedo is offering 10,000 adults free swim fit sessions at 50 pools nationwide until October.

James Goddard won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 for the 200m backstroke(Image: Mirrorpix)

Dive In has been launched in response to new research, which has revealed that only one 30% of swimmers surveyed in the North of England could swim more than four lengths (100m) of front crawl proficiently, even though 65% of British adults recognised swimming as the best for a full body workout.

James Goddard said: “Along with expert training advice, the session incorporates instruction on how to use a variety of different training aids, such as pull buoys, flippers and power paddles. These aids can help swimmers perfect an efficient front crawl and inspire them with new ways of mixing up pool sessions to increase fitness.”

James Goddard celebrates qualifying for the 200m backstroke final in the 2004 Athens Olympics

The 60-minute Dive In sessions have been designed with the help of Goddard and fellow ex-professional swimmers Ian Hulme and Harry Needs.

James Hickman, Global Sports Marketing Manager at Speedo International said: “We are hugely passionate about swimming and in this big year for the sport we want to effect a real change in the nation’s swimming habits and get more people swimming for fitness.”

“By providing 10,000 adults with free sessions we hope to inspire people to Dive In and really get the most from their swimming ”

Adults, aged 18+ can sign up for sessions at www.speedo.co.uk/dive-in, #getspeedofit

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