While parents want their children to swim, another age group still requires swimming lessons – adults. Many adults who don’t swim feel shame, embarrassment, and fear to sign up for lessons. If want to start to learn how to swim, you are not alone.
Make the Water Your Friend
As adults, we understand the dangers and limitations when entering a swimming pool without the ability to swim. Yes, it is scary, but take the time to get comfortable in the water and learn how to swim. Here are seven tips to learn how to swim:
#1 – The Shallow End – the Safe Part of a Swimming Pool
- To overcome the fear, start in the shallow end of the pool.
- Stand in the water and start walking until the water reaches the chest area.
- Hold your breath and go under the surface.
- Come up for air when you want.
#2 – Use Goggles
It is easier to see underwater while wearing goggles, making the swimming experience more comfortable.
Goggles prevent water from getting into your eyes, and seeing perfectly underwater makes it more fun.
#3 – Spend time in the water
To gain confidence and gain experience requires spending enough time in the water. Remember that practice makes perfect, and the more time you spend, you will feel more comfortable.
Understandably, it can be challenging to make time and get into a pool regularly. There is no need to do it every day but once a week is enough. However, don’t let it pass over a week, or it may not be easy to go forward.
#4 – Submerge Your Head in the Water
One of the challenges for adults who are learning to swim is keeping their faces in the water. It may cause discomfort or cause mild anxiety.
Almost every stroke requires your face to be underwater a significant portion of the time, and it is vital to get used to it since it is a part of learning to swim.
To help with the process, experts recommend the following:
- Do bobs in the shallow end.
- Hold your breath with your eyes open (use goggles).
- Move your arms underwater while holding your breath.
Remember, practice makes perfect, and you will feel more comfortable.
#5 – Freestyle Swimming – The Nitty Gritty
Freestyle swimming combines several techniques that work together to make a smooth and efficient movement in the water.
The freestyle stroke requires attention while performing it in the water. It is essential to pay attention to the wrists and hands, elbows, and forearms when sweeping from the hips.
To master the stroke, keep an eye on the following:
- Role of the body.
- The flutter kicks.
- How to breathe when turning the head in and out of the water.
Once you get the hang of it, freestyle becomes easy to perform.
#6 – Fins – a Learning Tool
Fins are a helpful tool when you’re just starting to learn how to swim. It gives the forward movement needed to learn a freestyle stroke. Are using fins cheating? Perhaps if you never take them off.
#7 – Swimming Lessons
In most cases, it is better to learn to swim from someone with experience. You can learn proper stroke techniques and avoid developing bad habits that can strain progress.
You will enjoy many benefits once you learn how to swim. Not only is that an excellent form of exercise, but swimming can also be relaxing, helping you to release stress. Swimming is also a happy experience. If you feel sad, swim for fifteen minutes to lift your spirits.
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