Thousands of Harrow residents are being offered free swims to help them keep fit during the credit crunch.
Harrow Council has announced it will be giving out free swims at Harrow Leisure Centre and Hatch End Pool for residents aged under 16 or over 60.
The offer will last two years from April 1 and covers more than a third of all Harrow residents.
Last year the council's 'Kids Swim for Free' programme attracted 14,000 young people to swim during the school holidays. It was estimated to have saved the average family of four £50 over the summer, based on two visits a week to the baths.
Portfolio holder for community and cultural services Councillor Chris Mote said: "We know times are tough, so we hope that this unlimited free swimming offer will give parents relief on their hard-pressed domestic budgets.
"We hope those over 60 will also find it a useful money saver, particularly for people who may have recently stopped working and have more leisure hours to fill."
In order to avoid the queues, the council is advising customers to register from Monday 23 March, by visiting Harrow Leisure Centre or Hatch End pool and filling out an application form. Appropriate ID will be required to ensure applicants are eligible for this offer.