Many amateur and pro swimmers regard the first mile (or 1.61 km) as a fitting introduction to swimming. The one-mile swim meet is like your typical marathon, where thousands of swimmers compete for that brief moment of glory. From there, some eventually progress to advanced swimming events like the annual 20-km Rottnest Channel Swim.
To get you started, here’s an easy-to-follow, basic one-mile training plan as described by Emily Bibb in PopSugar’s Fitness section. The programme is divided into four weeks, each with four workout phases and a certain number of metres to complete. By the end of the fourth week, you should be swimming a total equivalent of one swimming mile. As with any rigorous exercise campaign ensure you consult with a Health Professional or Qualified Trainer prior to starting your training plan.