Learning to swim is scary at any age. But getting older and having to jump in the pool for the first time can be even more terrifying. However although it is not necessary for everyone to love spending their spare time doing laps at their local pool, it is quite important that you at least know the basics and could keep yourself afloat should you need to.
Floatation devices are perfect during the initial stages of learning and, luckily, foam supplies are plentiful with all sorts of great solutions to help us keep our heads above water. From foam tubes to swimming boards, there are plenty of options out there. However, we can’t rely on foam forever, and it is important you also learn how to keep yourself afloat without its aid.
Rather than jumping in on your own for the first time it is much less nerve-racking if you do take lessons. Admittedly, group sessions will more often than not be full of young children, so you may feel less out of place in specific adult classes or one to one lessons.
Once you do feel confident enough in the water it’s time to get those foam supplies out again to work on one specific area. For instance, holding the board in your hands means you have chance to perfect your kicking technique whilst holding floats between your legs means you can work on your arms.
Finding out the quieter times to visit your local pool can also be useful, meaning you can practice your strokes in peace without having lots of other people splashing around you and putting you off.Although you may not fall in love with swimming as a sport, being able to swim a few lengths and keep yourself above water is very important, and a skill that everyone should learn no matter what their age. Who knows when it could save your life?