The thought of being underwater can be scary for most people, for adults who never had a formal instruction on how to swim when they were younger. It can be difficult to shed away that lingering fear that hasn’t been overcome in years. However, learning is possible, and it can even be fun and not as difficult as one may think.
Overcome Preconceived Notions and Fears
That feeling of water being over the ears and nose can be discomforting at first. But under the supervision of an experienced instructor, those fears and discomforts can soon go away. When learning, it’s important to have goggles and a light-weight life preserve vest that can assist beginners in developing confidence when submerged in water. This way they know that they will not be underwater for any amount of time that they don’t feel right with. In the meantime, they can learn a few basic swimming techniques.
The Many Kinds of Strokes
One of the common and first types of swimming techniques is the freestyle stroke. Learning this as a first stroke is effective because it teaches how to manage arms, legs, and the head so that one has a grasp of the mechanics of basic swimming. Obviously, breathing is essential and learning how to control the head’s position while in and out of water will help when learning other strokes. Swimming backstroke is another type where one learns the mechanics of having your back on the water while using your legs and arms to propel forwards.
It’s Fun and Safe
After a few sessions and practicing with freestyle and backstroke drills, the sense of accomplishment makes the experience worthwhile. Overcoming any fears and being able to go the distance in shorter amounts of time are signs of progress and it can be a positive feeling. While in the safety of a supervised instructor and a pool with adequate depth, learning will be both safe and fun as one will want to always do better than the last time.