So, you’ve reached 40 days but still can’t swim. What do you do now? Get swimming lessons or get help! The first step is to find out what you can do to improve. Then, once you have that down pat, you can go out and get some swimming lessons.
You can learn how to swim as long as you are patient and want to know. Even adults can benefit from swimming lessons, though it may take a little longer for them than children do. For adults, it is better to take swimming lessons from a lifeguard, as they are trained professionals and will be patient with you.
Attitude is a significant factor in learning to swim. Last week, I attended a swimming class for adults that started at an entry-level, which was barely enough to float. My two classmates and I jumped at the same skill level but had different attitudes. One came to class daily with a positive attitude, while the other sat there complaining throughout the lesson.
Before beginning lessons, you should go to the swim ability screening. This assessment takes about an hour and will determine the right level for you. After this evaluation, there is no charge for making up missed classes. There are two locations where swim lessons are held, so you can choose which is convenient for you. Be sure to check the times and locations of each class before signing up for a session.
Once you’ve got your swimming certification, you’re ready for a more advanced level. You’ll need to learn how to swim at least 50 yards without stopping. In addition, you’ll need to learn how to perform a feet-first surface dive and retrieve an object from a seven-foot depth. Then, you’ll need to learn the basics of the backstroke and front crawl.
If you’ve never had any swimming experience, you might have a fear of the water. Practicing in the pool’s shallow end is an excellent way to combat this fear. Slowly lower yourself until you feel comfortable, and practice coming up for air. It is also helpful to practice holding your breath while in the water.
You should also make sure your child attends a swim lesson regularly. Swimming lessons are a life skill and can help prevent drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of death among children in the U.S., with more than 11 children dying daily. Near-drownings can also leave lingering problems such as brain damage.
There are a few things you should do before you begin swimming again. The first is to stretch your muscles. You can start with a short swim and slowly increase the length and pace. Remember that you can’t expect to swim at a high rate immediately, so take it slow and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Next, get comfortable crouching in shallow water and practice floating and treading water.