It’s never too late to learn how to swim. If you never had the opportunity as a child, you can easily how to learn swimming as an adult. At first, being in the water may feel strange, unfamiliar, and even a little worrying. But with time you’ll become acclimated, gaining a level of confidence you may have previously thought unimaginable.
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise. It’s also relaxing; it can relieve your stress and calm your nerves. And if you’re feeling blue, 15 minutes in the water may be all you need to lift your spirits.
Getting started is easy. Read on for five simple tips on how to learn swimming as an adult.
1. Prepare your equipment
To start swimming, the first thing you should do is to prepare your equipment. Good use of equipment helps you learn faster. Goggles are the necessary equipment when you swim. Wearing goggles, you’ll find it’s much easier to see underwater. Additionally, goggles make swimming more comfortable since they prevent water from getting into your eyes. Being able to see clearly while your head is beneath the surface will make learning to swim more enjoyable. You may also consider using any equipment to help yourself.When learning freestyle, it’s helpful if you’re moving through the water. Fins can be invaluable for that purpose, especially in the beginning. They’ll give you the forward movement you need to learn the individual mechanics of the stroke.
2. Get in the pool as much as you can
Gaining confidence and becoming a proficient swimmer require that you spend sufficient time in the water. The more time you spend, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the better swimmer you’ll become. Working full-time, it may be difficult for you to set aside time to regularly climb into the pool. But it’s the only way to learn how to swim. Keep in mind, you don’t need to practice every day. Once a week might suffice. Allow more than a week to pass between sessions and you may find it difficult to make forward progress.
3. Get your face in the water
One of the biggest challenges for adults who are learning how to swim is keeping their faces in the water. It may feel uncomfortable. It can even cause mild anxiety for some.
Despite it’s uneasy for you to do so, you should not avoid it. Except for backstroke, every stroke requires your face to be underwater a significant portion of the time. Getting used to the feeling is an important part of learning to swim. It’s a matter of practice and here are a few ideas:
- Practice holding your breath while keeping your eyes open
- Use your arms to move underwater while holding your breath
- The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll feel
4. Sign up for lessons
Signing up for lessons gives you important progress in learning how to swim. Not only does this get you guaranteed time in a pool but you’ll see that you aren’t the only adult who is trying to learn to swim. A good swimming coach helps you learn to swim faster and easier. You can either choose to have 1 on 1 private class or group class. For group class, we offer Women, Men and Mixed class, any swimming lesson that you find comfortable with.
5. Don’t give up
Remember, it’s never too late to learn how to swim. And there’s no universal timeframe to learn how to swim since everyone has different abilities. But with patience and persistence, every adult can learn to swim. Just don’t be shy and ask immediately when you have difficulties in performing some gestures. Your coach is always more than happy to help. Once you learn to swim, you are good to go for any water sports!
Stay cool and learn how to swim. Join your first swimming lesson now!