Can Adults Learn To Swim?

adults learn to swim
07 Nov

The question we are most asked about adult swimming is “Can adults learn to swim?”

The answer to that is a most definite and resounding yes. We have had many thousands of adults coming through our swim school. A fair number of them have had horrific personal experiences in the water.

A lady who had witnessed her four brothers drowning in the same incident when she was a teenager had understandably developed a massive fear of water. She was in her fifties when she came to us. She had finally decided that it was time to conquer her fear and learn to swim.

There was another woman who had actually drowned herself as a teenager and was pronounced dead before she was resuscitated in a miraculous way. She too had a huge fear of water and had decided to overcome it.

There are many others with similar stories. And when they first arrive with us they are barely able to put their faces in the water for more than a second at a time. One woman reported that she did not even allow her face under the water in the shower. But with a little persistence and courage and a lot of encouragement these women, and all the other adults who have come to us, have all learnt to swim.

However, most of the adults who come for lessons with us have not been through some sort of water related trauma. Most of our adult swimmers are simply people who have not had the opportunity to learn to swim as a child. The motivations for learning to swim are varied. For some people they are preparing for a holiday, for others they have had children of their own and they want to be able to swim with their children and many other reasons.

The second question that I am commonly asked is “How long will it take for me to learn to swim?”

The answer is that it depends on each individual person. Everyone is different. Some people learn really quickly while others take a longer time. And either way is absolutely fine. What is important is that our swimmers are comfortable in the water, that they are enjoying themselves and that in the end they actually do learn to swim.

We had one man who wanted to learn to swim in one week because he was going on an unexpected holiday and he wanted to make the best of it. We decided to take the challenge and he came for lessons for 2 hours every single day for a week. At the end of that time he was able to swim. He was not yet a good swimmer and he did need more lessons. However, he was able to swim and enjoy his holiday.

Our adult swimming classes are a lot of fun. There is a lot of laughter and enjoyment in among the swimming. Any adult who is thinking of learning to swim should give not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us to book lessons now.