3 Tips for Learning How to Swim
If you’re an adult who has never learned how to swim, don’t worry–you’re not alone. According to a recent article published in Time Magazine, only 56% of Americans were able to pass a basic swimming exam that tested 5 core competencies. Thankfully, learning to swim is much easier than you may think–and it can even be a lot of fun. There are so many reasons to learn–ranging from improved health, to boosted self-confidence, to the ability to develop a lifelong hobby. As a part of our commitment to improving water safety for everyone, Beacon Watch would also like to point out safety as another very important reason to learn. That’s why we’re presenting these 3 tips for learning how to swim.
#1: Get Used to the Water!
The most effective way to learn swimming is by feeling comfortable and having fun. (In fact, I would venture to say that is the most effective way to learn just about anything!) That’s why an important first step should be simply getting used to the water. Get into the shallow end of the pool (where you can still easily stand) and enjoy wading around. Eventually, you’ll want to practice submerging yourself up to your neck, holding your breath underwater, and lifting both feet off the ground at the same time. This will go a long way towards helping you feel more relaxed throughout the process.
#2: Find a Swimming Buddy
Once you’re ready to start practicing, it’s a good idea to bring a friend along. Not only is this an important safety measure, it will also make the whole process a lot more fun. Last but not least, you will have an experienced partner who can help point out areas for improvement in your form.
#3: Never Give Up!
Swimming, like most other sports, is very rewarding–but does require a bit of hard work. The most important advice anyone can give, therefore, is to stay committed! You’ll be glad you did!
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