Tips For Adults Who Want To Learn To Swim

Posted on: 1 March 2016

Although most people think of children when they think about learning to swim, the truth is that people of all ages find themselves wanting to learn basic swimming skills. If you never learned how to swim as a child, you may think about wanting to learn but hesitate because you're older. Don't let your age discourage you from seeking out the adventures that you want to have. Here are some tips to help you out as you learn how to swim.

Be Prepared for the Water

Especially if you never had any swimming exposure as a child, you may feel a little bit apprehensive about actually getting into the water. If you don't like water in your eyes, be as prepared as possible. For example, investing in a pair of swim goggles will help you keep the water out of your eyes. This is particularly important if you want to be able to focus on learning swimming skills without concerns about comfort. Look for a pair that fits your face comfortably and stays firmly in place without hurting your face or slipping in the water.

Spend As Much Time in the Pool as You Can

Kids often have a lot more recreation time than adults do, so it requires a conscious effort on your part to plan as much time as possible to practice your swimming skills. Look for the open swim times at a local pool (such as Cedar Springs Health Racquet & Sportsclub) and consider recruiting a young relative to go with you for family swim times to give you more time to practice. It may even mean joining a gym with an indoor pool so you can spend a half-hour or so swimming on your lunch breaks. 

Take Lessons

While most swimming lessons are geared to kids, that doesn't mean that you're left learning on your own. If you can't find swimming lessons for adults in your area, talk with the swim instructor of the kids' classes and ask about starting one. Sometimes, the inquiry is enough to get things going. Swim lessons are a great way to get yourself some extra time in the pool and also help you with proper instruction on technique. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take the advice to heart so that you can improve your skills. Just remember that you'll have to put the effort in, otherwise it isn't helpful.

Use the Equipment Available to You

Some adults find themselves uncomfortable with the idea of using things like kickboards, flippers and snorkels while learning. These things can help you refine your skills more than you might think. For example, if you're new to putting your face in the water, a snorkel can allow you to focus on adjusting to the sensation and building your swimming skills before you have to start thinking about holding and timing your breath. For people with coordination issues, kickboards and flippers are great for practicing kicks and learning to synchronize your feet. Don't dismiss the benefit of things like this while you learn. You can gradually eliminate them when your skills warrant it.

Don't let age or uncertainty keep you from learning to swim if that's what you want. With the tips here, you can overcome a few of the biggest struggles that new adult swimmers face.