If you’ve never learned how to swim, perhaps it’s time to learn. There are any number of reasons why an adult would want to learn how to swim – it could be out of concern for their safety when they need to be around water, a desire to learn a new form of exercise, or even simple embarrassment over being unable to function in the pool when their children have no trouble at all. Some adults may have failed to learn how to swim for cultural reasons, or because they didn’t have easy access to a pool. For others, it’s simple fear. Learning to swim later in life can take longer, but it can still be done.
Swimming Lessons for Adults
Adult swim classes are conducted separately from those offered to children, both to spare adults the embarrassment of having to learn at the same level as a child, and because the techniques used to teach swimming skills to adults are different from those used to teach children. Usually the first step in an adult swimming lesson is floating and gliding by pushing off the side of the swimming pool. The process can seem maddeningly slow, but the goal is first to achieve a sense of security in the water.
Most adults in our program can learn basic swimming skills within 12 private swim lessons. Basic strokes like floating, treading water, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke form the foundation skills that the adult can build on. The student feels a great sense of pride learning to swim and feel safer in the water.
Even Seniors Can Learn to Swim
If you’ve reached a certain age, and you’ve always wanted to learn to swim but somehow never gotten around to it, why not do it now? You might say, “Oh, but I’m turning seventy next month!” Here’s the thing – when next month comes around, you’re definitely going to turn seventy. You don’t have a choice. You do, however have a choice as to whether you want to be a seventy-year-old who knows how to swim, or one who doesn’t. It’s entirely up to you.
Taking swimming lessons at this time of your life can give a significant boost to your well-being, both physical and mental. It’s well known that exercise improves your physical health, and that when you feel good physically, it frequently follows that you feel better emotionally.
You’re Probably Never Going to Make the Olympics
Even though it’s pretty much a given that you’re never going to take home the gold medal, you’ll benefit from the low-impact exercise that swimming offers. Just moving in the water without swimming a single stroke is beneficial, and once you actually start swimming, you’ll reap the benefits of increased activity. You’ll find that you move more easily and you have significantly more flexibility in your joints and muscles.
There’s no reason to put it off. Taking swimming lessons will help you to feel more relaxed and more flexible, you’ll feel safe in and around water, and you’ll also meet some new people. Could it possibly get any better?