Research shows that one in five adults in the UK are unable to swim. Not only does this close off a whole area of activity to them and mean they can’t enjoy the beach and pool properly while on holiday, but it can also put their life and their loved one’s lives in danger too. As such, we’ve partnered with Swim England and its #LoveSwimming campaign to bring you information about the benefits of learning to swim as an adult, why you shouldn’t be afraid to take the plunge and how easy it is for adults to learn to swim.
You’ll hear from people who have come to swimming later in life and discover that it’s nowhere near as daunting as you may believe and that swimming is something anyone and everyone can get involved with.
What motivated 43-year-old mum-of-four Helen to take up swimming was the feeling of helplessness she had when her daughter got into difficulties in the deep end of their local pool and she couldn’t do anything to help her.
Helen had avoided learning to swim up to this point, partly because she had developed a fear of water, having witnessed several drownings in her native Uganda, but also because she felt there was a stigma, now she was an adult over not being able to swim and so she never pursued it.
Before learning to swim, Helen was worried about what people may think of her and be questioning why she hadn’t learnt to swim until that point. She is, however determined saying she’s “not backing out”.
Helen says she’s learning to swim and sharing her story in order to be an inspiration to other adults in the UK who may struggle to swim. “No matter how old you are” she says “whatever your age, you can still pursue your dreams. It has always been my goal to be able to swim and I’ve gone for it”.
In no time at all, Helen’s making significant progress and she’s thrilled with how she’s doing. “I’m very proud of myself. Going from not being able to swim at all to being able to swim at least 15m without having to take a break. That’s fantastic. I’ve exceeded my expectations of myself from when I started. Swimming is going to be a huge part of my life.”
For as long as she can remember, 40-year-old Linda has been scared of the water. In 2018, however, she decided to take those fears on and take swimming lessons at her local swimming pool – Daventry Leisure Centre in Northamptonshire. Her progress has been so rapid that in September 2019, she took on her first 22 mile swim and now swims two miles, four times a week, as well as taking on a swimming challenge each month.
Learning to Swim as an Adult with Everyone Active
Everyone Active is dedicated to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim, regardless of age, ability or experience. This is why we have developed a swimming lesson programme specifically for adults.
Benefits of Learning to Swim With Everyone Active
There are so many benefits to learning to swim, both as a child and an adult. To begin with, there are the obvious safety benefits, where if you find yourself near water, you’ll be able to keep yourself and others out of danger.
Swimming is also great fun and a fantastic family activity to enjoy together, whether you’re in your local Everyone Active pool, by the sea or in the hotel pool while you’re on holiday.
Lastly, swimming is also a great way to stay active. Not only is it a whole-body workout, but thanks to the extra resistance of water, you’re building strength and boosting your cardio fitness at the same time. The buoyancy offered by the water means you’re less likely to hurt yourself and makes it ideal if you’re recovering from injury or returning to exercise after a long lay-off.