"I used to feel trapped and depressed about my conditions – but going swimming with others with the same problems has made me feel good about myself."
Robert, who lives with Bi-Polar and Korsakoffs, is one of the many people experiencing the positive impact of swimming.
His story is featured as part of a new report from Swim England into the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming.
"Swimming was a new outlet from my illnesses," adds Robert. "My self-worth has improved and my confidence has improved.
"It's just a simple swim – but it has changed my life."
The report shows that the unique benefits of water make it the perfect place for people of all ages to exercise, particularly those with long-term health conditions.