Swim lessons for many children are part of physical education classes in school or learned while swimming in the family pool or at a friend’s home. For adults, though, there are still some who cannot swim and who simply haven’t had the opportunity. If you’re a homeowner and are considering the installation of a swimming pool in Virginia, pool contractors understand that it may be a bit daunting for adults to learn to swim, however, it can be done! With time and a bit of effort, even adults can learn to swim and can then pass the love of swimming along to their children.
As an adult who wants to learn to swim, you can sign up for classes at the local YMCA or YWCA or even a local high school that has a swimming pool. There are instructors that can teach individuals of all ages and all skill levels. If you’re not in the market for taking a group swimming class and want to learn in the privacy of your own swimming pool in your own backyard, you can hire an instructor to come out and teach you. You will want to either observe the instructor or meet with him or her prior to the class to make certain there is a good rapport between the two of you as it will make learning to swim much easier if you’re taking lessons from someone you feel comfortable with. Talk with your swimming pool builder from Town & Country Pools for information and insight on who you might work with for swim lessons.
As a beginning swimmer you will start your lessons in the shallow end of the pool which should take away any fear of water you may have. Your instructor will teach you how to breathe in the water, how to move through the water and a respect of the water. In your swimming lesson you should be prepared for a session in which you will learn to become comfortable with putting your face in the water, holding your breathe and then going back under again.
As the lessons progress, you will learn to bob underwater, do front and back floats and eventually move up to more advanced swim strokes. Before you learn swim strokes the instructor will lead the class into deeper water to teach you how to move around and maintain your balance in the water, along with this will likely come a lesson on treading water. When you’re learning to float on your stomach the instructor will either have the students hang onto the side of the swimming pool or use a kickboard to help them stay afloat.
When you’re first learning to swim it’s essential that you practice several times a week. Try to block out time when you can devote yourself to 30-minute sessions as a way to both build endurance and practice kicking and swim strokes. In no time you’ll learn to enjoy yourself in the water so you can swim and play with your children in the comfort of your own pool. Regardless of the level of swimming knowledge and experience, swimming pool rules and safety measures should be put in place with the biggest measure being — never swim alone. Always keep pool safety devices pool side in the event anyone runs into issues while in the water.