Learning to swim as an adult may appear to be a daunting feat, in fact learning many things as an adult may seem more difficult as opposed to understanding and learning new skills when you’re younger. Sunsational Swim School understands the facets which come into play as an adult attempts to learn how to swim. Since the awareness is present, the skilled swimming instructors diligently focus on each individual and their learning capabilities. Some benefits from learning to swim as an adult will be more frequent swimming lessons and a new interest in swimming. With this acquired ability, adult swimmers will be less hesitant to swim more, either in pools or at beaches and ultimately teach their children to swim as often as they do!
Overcoming the Fear of Water or Water Phobia
The first tip any new swimmer must learn is to overcome and integrate a new experience such as swimming. Many beginners face slight fear when attempting anything new, especially swimming. Any fear that is imaginable can surely enter a new swimmers mind. Common fears include:
- Non-familiarity with the water and how a swimmers body will adapt to the water may concern new adult swimmers
- Fear of drowning - the inability to stay above water, regardless of how deep or shallow the water is
These are mental battles that first need to be overcome. Before getting in the water, practicing relaxation techniques like breathing and visualizing are important steps to reducing anxiety. Remember that going slow is an option and that it may be an emotional process, but keeping your goal clear: competence in the deep end of the pool.
However, overcoming these fears alone is often difficult. Talking and working through your fears with an experienced professional is sometimes the only way to surmount the fear of water - and that's ok.
Remember Learning New Things Is Always Fun - No Matter Your Age
After the breakdown of fear, an adult swimmer must recognize that learning new things, as an adult, can still be fun! While it may take a slightly longer for adults to grasp the essential steps in learning a new skill, like swimming, they are able to fully comprehend the new skill they are acquiring and can achieve great benefits if fully developed.
A new adult swimmer will have full understanding of their body, what they are able and unable to do safely with their body. Adult swimmers have a better idea of what type of pain they are more susceptible to, and what positions, if professionally trained, may assist their overall well-being. This is another tip that swimming as an adult will prove to be a useful.
Adult swimming is a healthy and simple hobby, but learning how to swim as an adult is the first step. This learned skill will become very rewarding and can lead to great health benefits in the long term.
Another tip a new adult swimmer should pay attention to is consistency. This factor, which plays a significant role in adult-beginner swimming courses, will keep the new adult swimmer motivated to continue learning.
The more often these adults practice with water training activities, the easier and more exciting every session will be. Soon, before they know it, intermediate adult swimmers will turn from novice to expert. The familiarity with the water is the best option these new adult swimmers will want to grasp. More frequent sessions with Sunsational Swimming Instructors, will ultimately benefit these new swimmers at a much faster pace.
Passing down the skill
The most important factor that new adult swimmer have is the capability to pass down their newfound talent, hobby, and skill. Many adults, who have never had any swimming training, may have children whom also have never taken to swimming. When you learn how to swim, you'll be able to enjoy the water with your children.
About the Author: Victor Michel
I am a certified lifeguard with a decade plus of experience and BA in Physiology. I have worked at various public and private pools and participated in the Monmouth County seasonal lifeguard seminar commencing Memorial Day 2009.