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(DAY 221) Is Swimming an Expensive Sport in India?

· 4 min read
Gaurav Parashar

When it comes to sports in India, cricket has long been the undisputed champion in terms of popularity. However, in recent years, swimming has gained significant traction among fitness enthusiasts and individuals looking for a refreshing way to stay active. But the question often arises: Is swimming an expensive sport in India? Let's explore the costs associated with this enjoyable and health-conscious activity.

Swimming Pools and Membership Costs

Swimming is undoubtedly an accessible sport in India, even in major metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Many cities across the country have public and private swimming pools that cater to individuals of all ages and skill levels. The cost of swimming, in particular, the annual membership fees, can vary significantly depending on the location and the type of pool.

In metropolitan cities, the annualized fee for hobby swimmers typically ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per year. It is possible to find a pool for an annualized fee of Rs 15,000 or even lower in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, making it an affordable option for residents of smaller towns.

Swimming Gear: Essentials and Options

To start swimming as a hobby, you don't need to invest heavily in gear. Here are the essential swimming items for men:

1. Swimming Trunk: These are lightweight and designed for water activities. They are comfortable and allow for ease of movement in the water. Trunks that I use or have used: Speedo Adult Male Essential Endurance Jammer and Men Swimming Boxer Black

2. Goggles: Protecting your eyes from chlorine and ensuring clear vision underwater is crucial. Good quality goggles can be found at reasonable prices. Goggles that I use or have used: Speedo Aquapulse Pro Mirror and GOGGLES 900 B-FAST BLACK RED MIRROR

3. Swimming Cap: A swimming cap helps keep your hair away from your face and protects it from chlorine damage. It's a must-have accessory. Goggles that I use or have used: Swimming Cap Silicone Unisize Print Geo Grey

These three items are the basics you'll need for an enjoyable swimming experience. However, it's worth mentioning that purchasing flippers (I use Swimming Short Fins Easyfins Grey) or hand flippers (I use PADDLE QUICK'IN 500 M BLACK YELLOW) is only necessary in specific situations. These are generally used for intensive training or competitive swimming. As a hobby swimmer, you can do without them, saving additional costs.

Additional Costs and Considerations

While the core expenses of swimming in India are relatively affordable, there are a few additional costs and considerations to keep in mind:

1. Swim Lessons: If you're a beginner, you might consider taking swimming lessons to improve your technique and build confidence. These lessons can be an additional expense, but they are valuable for your swimming journey.

2. Pool Access Rules: Some swimming pools have strict rules regarding swimwear and hygiene. You may need to invest in a few extra swim caps or a pair of swim goggles as backups.

3. Swimming Clubs and Competitions: If you decide to take your swimming to a competitive level or join a swimming club, there may be higher associated costs, including coaching fees and competition expenses.

Swimming is not an expensive sport in India, especially if you approach it as a hobby or a fitness activity. The costs of annual pool memberships and essential gear are reasonable and accessible to people across different cities and income levels. So, if you've been contemplating taking up swimming as a way to stay fit and have fun, don't let concerns about the cost hold you back. Dive right in and enjoy the many benefits of this fantastic sport!