It's Never Too Late to Learn to Swim

by Pool Builders on 09-02-2009 in Articles

Millions of Americans have an embarrassing secret...they can't swim. So if you are one of them, don't be ashamed anymore. It is never too late to learn how to swim. There is such great joy that can be derived from heading into the pool or the ocean, it isn't worth missing out on it, just because you never learned how. Admittedly, you may look a tad bit silly with floaties on, or an inner tube with a rubber duckie, however, you should never be embarrassed to admit that you don't know how.

Aside from the fun that can be had with this sport, swimming is an extremely healthy activity that can get you into fabulous shape and keep you there with little damage or stress to your body. Being in the water is easy on your joints and allows you to perform cardiovascular exercises and movements that you may not be able to do on dry land. Once you get involved with swimming, you will notice fantastic changes in your body, from a toned physique to less of hassle completing daily tasks. Your lung capacity will increase as you get to be a better swimmer, this improvement will show in every aspect of your life.

If you would like to learn how to swim, there are a few ways to go about it. Ideally, you will have someone in your life, maybe a partner or friend that is an excellent swimmer and a patient teacher. They can give you one on one guidance and support. If this is not an option, you will need to find yourself a class. There are offered at gyms, recreation centers, schools, etc. Make sure that when you inquire about a class, you make it clear that you are looking for an adult only class. You will most likely be uncomfortable if there are small children zipping around you in the water like fish. An adult class will usually have some combination of beginning and intermediate instruction and will give you a solid foundation for learning to swim.

When you have found the right class and the right instructor, they will be able to teach you the physical requirements of the sport, however, they will also be able to address any emotional or mental fears that you may have. Getting into the water is sometimes the hardest step. Once you are in, the rest is a piece of cake.

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