Knowing how to swim is a must – it is a skill that could ultimately save your or your child’s life. But if you’re not confident in the pool, never learnt to swim or don’t know how to get your children started you might need some more advice.
When you decide to learn to swim, it can be a long and challenging process, but the rewards you'll reap in the end are well worth it. The first step is to contact your local pool and ask about adult beginner and improver classes. They will be able to tell you about times, dates, prices and whether there is a waiting list. If you are unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea of whether it's for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers.
The feeling of accomplishment and your new-found confidence in the water are only the beginning; it's also a great way to keep fit, tone up, and meet new people. Here are just some of the benefits of learning to swim:
- The recommended amount of exercise for adults is 30 minutes at least five times a week and swimming is a great way to hit these targets.
- Swimming burns up to 350 calories in half an hour so it’s a great way to shape up.
- Studies have shown swimming improves psychological well being and significantly reduces tension and depression.
- It’s fun! Once you can swim, you can take part in all types of sessions such as aqua aerobics, aqua jogging and aqua zumba.
- If you’re a gym goer, you can follow a gym-style workout programme for the pool to help you achieve your goals.
- It’s the only sport that can save your life. Over 400 people drown in the UK every year and it is the third most common cause of accidental death in children.
- Swimming is for all. No matter what your age, weight and physical ability, swimming and water-based activities can provide you with a workout.
- Swimming is particularly good for pregnant women or those with disabilities, injuries or illnesses like arthritis because swimming can support up to 90% of the body’s weight in the water.
- Swimming can offer the ultimate challenge at any level, whether that’s swimming the length of the channel in your local pool or taking the plunge at an open water British Gas Great Swim
- Swimming is a sport people can start at any age, and can do for life – there is even a category for people who want to race in events over the age of 100!
Plus, knowing how to swim opens up a whole range of other sports, just imagine, you could don a snorkel and swim with fish, or even complete a scuba diving course. You could join a canoeing or sailing club or even take your swimming to the next level and enter competitions!
The Beach Company offers a wide range of swimming supplies, swim training and learn to swim products that is ideal for you and yours.