SWIMMING for those under 16 and 60 years and over will become free from April 1 at Thanet’s two public swimming pools.
Young and old will be able to swim free of charge at both Ramsgate Swimming Pool and Hartsdown leisure centre in Margate.
The Government is funding the project and an extra £40,000 has been splashed on the scheme from the NHS.
Thanet council’s commercial services chief Cllr Shirley Tomlinson said: "We hope this will encourage more people to get in the swim and get active.
"It’s a great boost for local people and I hope, as a result of it, we’ll see an increase in the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity."
To qualify swimmers will need to fill out a registration form before the first swim and show proof of age.
Both swimming pools are run by Thanet Leisureforce, which already allows the over-70s to swim for free.
Head of operations, Warren Reeves, said he hoped the scheme would boost Thanet’s fitness.
He said: "We are excited about being able to offer this scheme in partnership with Thanet council.
"We are also committed to providing further activities and programmes aimed at increasing the wellbeing and health of the people of Thanet."
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