Learning to Swim as an Adult

June 20, 2018

Learning to swim as an adult can be an intimidating experience.

 

Swimming is an essential life skill that can provide people of all ages with a means for recreation and exercise throughout life. Often, adults who didn’t learn to swim at an early age become hesitant and can even develop a fear of the water. With a little patience and the right guidance, anyone can learn to feel more comfortable and confident in or around the water.

 

Benefits of learning to swim as an adult

 

There are many benefits to swimming, a few of which include:

 

  • Low impact exercise. Swimming is a great low impact workout that’s much easier on the joints compared to other exercise routines.

  • Helps work overlooked muscle groups. Swimming gives you a full body workout. Some areas that swimming helps to tone include your core as well as other often overlooked muscles such as your delts, traps, and lats.

  • It’s for everyone. Swimming truly is an exercise that anyone can do. Once you’ve learned to swim, it can be a great way to stay in shape regardless of your age, or even if you may be recovering from a recent injury.

  • For safety reasons. Whether you learn to swim so that you can help your children if they accidentally were to fall in the water, or for your own safety, swimming is a skill that’s beneficial for anyone who spends a lot of time near any body of water.
     

Tips when learning how to swim as an adult

 

If you’ve decided to learn how to swim it’s important to realize the learning process may take some time. However, once you finally do learn, you’ll have a skill that can help you stay healthy and have fun with loved ones for many years to come. Below are just a few tips to keep in mind as you begin your lessons.

 

Start slowly with a great and qualified instructor.

 

As you begin swimming lessons, you may have some fear related to getting in the water. A great and qualified instructor will help you overcome your fear and learn tips and tricks in feeling more comfortable in the water. However, when practicing without your teacher nearby, make sure to always swim in a lifeguarded pool. You should also swim in the shallow end of the pool so you can stand up when you get tired.

 

Get comfortable placing your head under the water

 

Most swimming strokes require your head to be underwater for some amount of time, so it’s important to get used to having your face under water. Your teacher will again show you techniques that help when holding your breath underwater. The more that you practice placing your head underwater, the easier transition will be to learning actual swimming strokes.

 

Practices makes perfection!

 

Swimming is a physical sport, and the more time you spend practicing the better you will become. The increased time in the water will also help with confidence and comfort.

 

 

Swimming lessons aren’t just for kids. If you’re an adult who wants to learn how to swim, it’s critical to take lessons from a swim school with experienced instructors. At Ocaquatics Swim School, our team of professional instructors work diligently to ensure students gain the skills to feel more comfortable and confident around the water.

 

All swim lessons take place indoors in our warm water pools where you’ll always be comfortable. To learn more about our swim lessons, don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a free evaluation today at 305-969-SWIM (7946).

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