Learn to Swim
Why should you learn to swim?
Swimming is one of the most inclusive sports around. People of all ages can learn how to swim, it’s never too late or too early! Swimming programs are offered from a few months old to any ages, and with a little bit of tweaking, people suffering from injuries or living with a disability can also learn this valuable skill. Since it’s so accessible, you can enjoy it with your whole family.
Swimming is the only sport that can save your life: most drowning occurring each year are preventable. If the water is deeper than your height and you can’t swim, chances are you’ll be in trouble, but just a few inches of water is enough to drown. By knowing how to swim, you might be able to save your own life, but also someone else’s.
There are many health benefits to swimming, such as muscular strengthening, core strengthening, weight loss, increased balance and flexibility, better coordination, and many more. It makes your whole body work in a way most sports can’t, and it’s low-impact, meaning it’s excellent for those who suffer from joint pain or injuries.
Swimming is fun and versatile! You can swim indoors, outdoors, in pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, you can do it recreationally or competitively… the possibilities are endless! It’s also a lot cheaper than many sports: you only need a suit, a pair of goggles and a swim cap, and you’re ready to dive in! Many public pools offer free leisure or lane swim periods, but you can also jump into the nearest lake or river to swim a few laps.
Being part of a team is a great motivation to stick to your plan. Your teammates will be by your side through pain and tears, and they’ll share your successes and help you get through your no-so-great moments. They’ll be there to challenge you during training, cheer during a meet, chill out after a hard workout… they’ll become part of your family.
What are you waiting for? Find a nearby club now and give swimming a try!