Published: Thursday, 14th March 2019

Medway Council is encouraging residents to take part in the Big Splash next month.

On Saturday, 13 April, Medway’s four sports centres, Medway Park, Strood Sports Centre, Hoo Sports Centre and Splashes will host a variety of free water-based taster sessions for people of all ages and swimming abilities.

Residents will be able to try synchronised swimming, diving, water-polo, Fin2Fit mermaiding, lifeguarding and aqua fit.

There will also be pool parties, AquaTots and demonstrations on how to save a baby’s life.

Members of the Black Lion Swimming Club, MedwayTri, Medway Mermaids, Kent Water-Polo, Medway SubAqua, Skilltrack marine rescue skills and Medway WaterSports will also be joining in the fun and giving visitors the chance to take part in club-based activities.

New to the Big Splash 2019 is an indoor triathlon at Medway Park. Participants will compete against each other in the pool, on a gym-based bike and run on a treadmill with 15 minutes on each discipline. There will be an overall winner and each participant will receive a medal. Costs £10 for members and £12 for non-members. To register email

Residents and visitors can also take part in a distance badge challenge by swimming as many lengths as they can to receive a Swim England distance certificate and badge. Costs £3.50. Go for the ultimate mile challenge and swim 64 lengths.

Excellent sporting facilities

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “We have excellent sporting facilities in Medway and the Big Splash is a great way for families to find out more about what they have to offer including classes such as synchronised swimming, mermaiding and aqua fit. I would encourage residents and visitors to come along and give something different a try. We look forward to welcoming residents to our sports centres.”

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