Everyone should and can enjoy the opportunity to learn how to swim. Swimming is a healthful, social, important, and potentially life saving activity that many people miss out on for a variety of reasons that range from no access to pools to ineffective swim instruction. Just knowing how to react if you accidentally fall in the water is a valuable skill in its own right.
The following are more reasons to learn how to swim or improve your swimming skills:
- Practical swim training and safety awareness are vital to all situations involving water. Swimming plays a large role in social and recreational activities for people of all ages, from kiddie pool parties to vacations to exotic beach locations. That’s especially true for young people from their preteen years and young adulthood, who will find themselves in many social situations involving being in or on water. Mastering swim skills at a young age can also potentially lead to summertime teenage employment as a lifeguard, camp counselor, or in some other safety or staff role in a water-based recreational setting.
- Many young people who struggle in land based sports like football, soccer, or baseball find success as swimmers. From my personal experience, swimming is an excellent choice (and exercise regimen) for those kids who may find it hard achieving success in other sports activities.
- Swimming is great choice for adults trying to start or restart an exercise regimen; for those injured from sports and other activities, or those who need to change from running or another high-impact exercise routine. Swimming is a viable and stimulating recreational activity for physically or mentally challenged individuals of all ages and abilities.