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How do I Start Swimming Training?

Erin J. Hill
Erin J. Hill

There are various ways in which you may start swimming training. You may choose to take lessons at a local swim center, gym, YMCA. Lessons often are taught as a class with one or two instructors and several students. Basic strokes are generally covered first, followed by more advanced ones. Private lessons may also be available in either a public pool or your own privately owned one.

Before you start swimming training, you should undergo a fitness test to ensure that you are healthy enough to take up a new exercise routine. Swimming is often a rigorous activity, especially for beginners who require plenty of practice. Once you have gotten a clean bill of health, you can begin looking for instructors in your area.

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If you do not know how to swim at all prior to your swimming training, you will want to sign up for a beginner’s swim course. There are often courses provided for beginners at all age levels, so choose on that is the best fit for you. This will ensure that you are taking a class which will be tailored to your skill level and allow you to meet other students who are in the same level as you.

More experienced swimmers are typically offered an array of options, so ask your local swimming center or YMCA about the programs they offer. You may be able to start swimming training to learn a new stroke, distance swimming, or even for water aerobics. These classes are usually meant for those who are already moderately good swimmers, meaning that you can keep your head above water without a problem. Some classes may be listed for expert swimmers only.

Private lessons may be offered by some instructors, either at the swim center or at your own location. These provide more one on one attention to ensure that you master each maneuver properly. This type of class is especially beneficial for those who are training for competition because having a coach dedicated to your craft will allow you to improve more quickly as he gives direction.

Do not attempt to teach yourself to swim without supervision. This is especially important if you have never swum before or are not proficient at keeping yourself above water at all depths. Children are at a higher risk of drowning than adults, but even moderately good adult swimmers should have someone close-by in case of an emergency. Your chaperon or “swimming buddy” should be a good swimmer and capable of assisting you out of the water should you become incapacitated.

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