Never Too Late to Learn to Swim: Adult Swimming

Why Swimming Lessons For Adults?

If you are an adult and cannot swim, you are not alone and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. 

Swim England published a report in 2015 showing that 20% of men and 22% of women aged over 14 years in England cannot swim, and that 2.13 million adults want to learn to swim.

adult swimming lessons at Blue wave Swim SchoolAlthough some may think swimming lessons are just for children, adults can also take lessons and it’s never too late to enjoy swimming and benefits that it offers.

We once had an 83 year old retired army officer as a pupil at Blue Wave Swim School.

Do you get anxious in water?

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. But, it’s worth reminding adult learners that learning proper technique is a bit complex. It is much about correct breathing patterns as correct positioning of body parts.


Aside from backstroke, one of the most important aspects of swimming is breathing control.

Adults learning to swim backstroke in swimming lessons

If you don’t know the technique of aquatic breathing (breathing out in water), it will be difficult t swim continuously. 

Without knowing when and how to breathe in during swimming, you technique falls apart very quickly. With no technique, you have to stop swimming very shortly to just take a breath.

That’s why although some people can swim a short distance, they can remain fearful of deep water swimming or sea.  For those who don’t know the basics which includes breath control and floating and being relaxed, panic can easily set. More so, if weak swimmers are not close to the poolside. Heightened anxiety may lead to muscle tension and potentially sinking.

An adult learning to float in a swim lesson

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.

Good News for Older Swimmers

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. Be mindful that teaching adults is very different to children.

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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The content of this blog was created by Marjan Moosavi, founder of Blue Wave Swim School.

Marjan Moosavi, founder of Blue Wave Swim is with a group of her swimmers.

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