It’s never too late to learn to swim, whatever your age
23 August 2011
With the summer holiday season in full swing many of us will be heading to a swimming pool for plenty of relaxing quality time in the water. But are you forced to relax on the side while your kids swim up and down? It doesn't have to be this way. Lots of adults can't swim but it is never too late to learn and the fitness benefits are fantastic.
As well as being a great way to keep the kids happy during the school holidays swimming is also a fantastic way for adults to keep in shape! Only 30 minutes once a week can improve your fitness. Even a gentle swim can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour.
But what if you and your brood aren’t confident swimmers? Well it’s never too late to learn. As well as being fun, healthy, accessible and inexpensive, swimming is the only sport that can save your life.
The first step is enrolling in swimming lessons to gain the skills to be safe in and around the water. Check out the Big Splash Pool Finder here to track down your local pool. Most pools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment. Contact them today and ask about lessons to help you to learn to swim, or improve your technique,
Structured swimming lessons should follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme (available through local swimming pools, private swim schools and sometimes local clubs). It is one of the most successful sports programmes of its kind with the syllabus following the ASA Learn to Swim Framework. It is your assurance of quality.
Don't worry you are not alone. And if you think you are too old then click here to visit our sister website and read Angela's story. Angela learned to swim at 54 years old and has never looked back.
Now really is the time to learn to swim, no matter what your age! So join British Swimming and BBC in getting the UK in the pool, starting with yourself. You could even win a year-long FREE family swim pass.
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