Get in the swim of things in Copenhagen Harbour this summer

If you’ve never learned to swim or would just like to swim better, now might be the time to try a cool dip in picturesque surroundings

Being able to swim is something that many of us take for granted, but according to various statistics, one in five Brits cannot manage a stroke, and as many as 44 percent of Americans too.

Denmark, as we all know, is surrounded by water, and from unfortunate boating accidents to ill-fated shortcuts on drunken nights out through the harbour, a calamity is potentially waiting around every corner.

Copenhagen is hosting the European Swimming Championships at the Royal Arena from December 13-17 this year, so the municipality thought that teaching people to swim would be an appropriate thing to do.

Mainly targeted at adults who cannot swim, instructors from Hovedstadens Svømmeklub will be giving free swimming lessons at the bathing areas on Halfdansgade and Sluseholmen.

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The municipality and Dansk Svømmeunion have teamed up to offer the lessons at Sluseholmen Havnebad from June 2 to August 27 on Fridays between 17:00 and 18:00 and on Sundays from 11:00-12:00.

It will also be possible to have lessons at the bathing area at Halfdansgade by Islands Brygge from June 3 to August 28 on Fridays from 17:00-18:00 and on Sundays from 11:00-12:00.

The minimum age-limit to participate is 15.