If you are an adult and cannot swim, you are not alone and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Although some may think swimming lessons are just for children, adults can also take lessons-it’s never too late.
At Blue Wave Swim School, we receive many enquires from adults who want lessons to deal with the struggle and anxiety of being in water. Even swimming a width of a pool (i.e, 10 meters) can be a major struggle if one has never learnt how to be at ease with water and breath out in water with comfort. Some adults may be able to swim for a short distance but after a while they start getting anxious about breathing particularly if water goes over their heads.
Although it is never too late to learn to swim (we once had an 83 year old retired army officer as a pupil at Blue Wave), it’s worth reminding adult learners that learning proper technique is as much about correct breathing patterns as correct positioning of parts of the body.
Aside from backstroke, one of the most important aspects of swimming is breathing control.
If you don’t know the technique of aquatic breathing (breathing out in water) and when and how to breathe in during a stroke cycle, technique falls apart very quickly and eventually you have to stop swimming to take a breath.
That’s why although some people can swim a short distance, they may remain fearful of swimming when they are out of their depth or away from the poolside. For those who don’t know the basics: proper breathing control, how to float, remaining relaxed in the water, panic may set if they’re not close to the wall for instance. Heightened anxiety may lead to muscle tension and potential sinking.
So, if you have had a go at it and you still cannot swim, it’s time to get back to basics and book some lessons.
Have you already listed your new year’s resolutions? Fancy learning to swim in the New Year? If yes, we have good news for you!
We have a great team of swim teachers who know how to teach adults to swim, which is very diffrent to teaching children which requires different skill set.
As always, we cater for teens and adults on a private basis, offering lessons to ‘Complete Beginners’ for older swimmers (16+ years old) all the way to advanced level who want to get ready for a triathlon event. Whether you are not fully at ease with water or still struggling to swim comfortably, please do get in touch.
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