Everyone tries to look cool in the summer. In fact, a good portion of fashion is dedicated to discovering and promoting the latest styles in beachwear, swimwear and shorts. So how’s this for a look? A killer bikini, a huge sunhat, serious sunglasses, a kick board, life jacket, and arm floats. Ok, not how you were picturing yourself this summer? Point taken, but the truth is, knowing how to swim is important for summer safety and swim lessons are not just for children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, about 30% of adults in the United States can’t swim the length of a typical recreation center pool and adults make up more than 70% of drowning deaths in the U.S.
Why is it that so many adults have never learned to swim? Some may have grown up in urban areas where access to a pool was limited. Some are afraid, and many are embarrassed. But whatever the cause, it can be agreed that teaching adults to swim takes a special touch. John Fitzpatrick, owner and head coach of swim facility, Chicago Blue Dolphins says adults are “very results focused.” They have no patience for learning activities like floating and kicking, they just want to be swimming. Lori Pailet, founder and director of Aqua Skills recounts a tale of one adult student who became so frustrated, he began smacking the water with a foam noodle.
However, despite the apparent frustration, Pailet reports that the number of adults in her practice has doubled in recent years and clientele normally increases by 15 to 25% per years.
Why Should You Learn To Swim? Need some motivation? How about this?
As much as you may try to avoid it, you will probably, at some point in your life, find yourself near water. I mean, what happens when George or Leo invite you on their yacht or your fiancé wants to romance you on a cruise ship? If the water is deeper than you are tall, knowing how to swim will definitely come in handy.
According to the CDC, more that 3,400 people in the US die from drowning every year. If you know how to swim, you will be better prepared to save a life. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14.
Swimming counts as both cardio and muscle toning, so you’ll earn brownie points for both. Swimming hits underworked muscles and, since the water provides natural resistance, the exercise is low impact. (Bonus- no sweating involved!)
Not only does swimming relieve stress, it is also a social activity. You may just meet your perfect mate while surfing or water skiing and you’ll get a lot more exercise than swiping right on Tinder.
So put on those nose plugs and strap on that bathing cap, and be proud! You may end up saving a life and meeting your significant other at the same time.