By Sue Ward
Owner Get Set & Go Swim School
KindyNews Swim Coach
There are many reasons why adults cannot swim. But the two most common are the fear of drowning or the lack of opportunity to learn. Fear is generally the result of a negative water experience as a child. The lack of opportunity is often representative of older generations some overseas cultures and those who live in remote areas.
It is never too late to learn. Like children, adults who are learning to swim require small learning groups and a caring teacher who provides a calm and non-threatening environment. A learner adult appreciates the skills to be broken in small parts for easy adaptation.
To overcome one's fear or to learn a new skill, particularly if it has been a lifetime dream, gives one the feeling of great accomplishment. Learning to swim not only opens the doors to a great many water sports and activities, but also, as parents, grandparents and carers, it is essential that we can swim to better protect children from the dangers of the water.