Masters swimming is a popular choice for people who have made a new year's resolution to stay fit. If you fall into that category, you may benefit from working on your technique with professional swimming coaches before starting to compete.
Lots of people make a new year's resolution to keep fit but struggle to keep the momentum going as the weeks fly by.
Of course, if you're thinking about taking your first tentative steps into the pool, Swimming.org would like to remind you that you can always rely on Swimfit to help you track your progress for free.
But if you're already a frequent swimmer, and want something a bit more challenging, why not consider adding a bit of competition into the mix?
Masters swimming can be a great option for people who want to race against likeminded sportsmen and women, and develop their existing skills with structured lessons from professional swimming coaches.
Typically, a friendly atmosphere pervades at these meetings, perhaps because so many of the competitors are just looking to boost their fitness.
Alan Rowson is a swimmer at Trafford Metro and a member of the sub-committee for Cheshire Masters.
He explained: "The main drive for Masters swimmers is to keep fit and every so often they measure their performance by entering competitions."
At 61 years old, Mr Rowson is a perfect example of how the appeal of Masters swimming crosses different age groups.
He added: "It's a good mixture of young and old – a lot of people have competed at every competition in the last six years but there are always young people coming through in the younger age groups."
If you are interested in getting involved, head to the Masters swimming page on BritishSwimming.
Although you may want to book some training sessions with professional swimming coaches to brush up on your technique first!