Learning to swim, whether you are teaching yourself as an adult or teaching a child, can be daunting if you have no experience of being in the water. Swimming should be something fun not scary, so we want to help you learn how to swim and enjoy every minute of it! Our advice here is mainly aimed at swimming for beginners, to help those that are starting from zero but if you have had lessons or are a more experienced swimmer then check out our swimming tips or different types of strokes for further information.
Perfecting the correct swimming technique will take practice as you spend more time in the water. Once you’ve got it, you’ll be sure to feel the swimming benefits, such as muscle toning and strengthening. Swimming is a great activity for all ages and you should be able to enjoy it as much as possible so we have put together a basic guide to help you learn to swim.
Learning to Swim
When learning how to swim, your safety is the most important thing. It is recommendable to enroll in swimming classes at a gym or local swimming pool but if you want to get ahead of the game then follow our swimming basics below. If you are comfortable enough in the water then you can try by yourself, if not take someone experienced with you, wear armbands or use other appropriate swimming attire, and always make sure there is a lifeguard on duty.
- First things first, get comfortable in the water, whether that means starting off by just dipping in your feet and slowly progressing to get your whole body in the water.
- Breathing underwater is the next step to make sure you feel safe when swimming, start by inhaling a deep breath and going underwater for a few second to come back up and let it out. Move on to exhaling under water as well.
- Practice normal exercises you would do on land, but now underwater. For example, playing catch, running, throwing a brick under and jumping to collect it…
- Learn to float on water, both on your back and on your front but also on your sides, dipping your head under and holding it up.
- Perfect your swimming kick by holding on to the edge of a swimming pool, progress by replacing the wall with a noodle or float so you can start moving through the water.
- When you feel like you are comfortable with all of the above, and you know yourself or the person you are teaching to be ready to move on, then take a look at beginning the swimming strokes.
Everyone learns how to swim at different paces which is important to remember. You might want to begin to learn in the shallow end of a pool to get used to doing movement underwater and then move on to the deep end. Move on to the next step when you are ready and do not be afraid if at first you don’t quite get it, keep practising!