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So You Want to Learn to Swim? How to Prepare for Adult Swim Classes

Are you an adult who wants to learn to swim? Maybe you are looking to spend more time with your family in the pool. Or, you might want to learn to swim in order to get in better shape. Whatever your reason, learning to swim is an exciting adventure HPSC can guide you in.

“Swimming or taking classes with Gerrie feels more of having fun and learning at the same time. I personally enjoyed every class, and many more to come.” Mila – Participant HPSC Adult Swimming Classes

However, it does take time and effort, so you need to prepare yourself to embark on swimming lessons as an adult.

Have the Right Expectations

When you watch other people gliding gracefully through the water, it may seem like swimming is easy. But it is harder than it looks. You need to have the right expectations before you start learning to swim. Otherwise, you might give up when the going gets tough.

  • Swimming is an intense cardio workout. The water provides significant resistance to movements so you have to exert a lot of energy to move in the water. When you start swimming, you will most likely get out of breathe and experience fatigue until your body gets used to moving in the water.
  • In order to develop the best swimming technique, you will have to practice specific movements. In your classes, you will perform drills that repeat these movements so that you can perfect them. Then you will put these skills to use when you learn the basic swimming strokes. The drills can be less challenging and repetitive, but they are necessary to develop proper swimming techniques. You need to be prepared to spend time in your classes on these drills. They may be frustrating, but if you know they have a purpose then you can work through them to achieve your goal.
  • Practice is required. Taking lessons for an hour or two a week is a good start, but you are going to have to spend more time in the water to really get the hang of swimming. Find out when open swim times are and plan to attend a few of these each week. The more time you spend in the water, the faster you will learn to swim.

People who are not prepared to invest the time and energy into learning to swim often get discouraged and give up. Having the right expectations helps you to work through the tough parts to achieve your goal.

“I joined HPSC at the end of November 2015 with limited swimming skills under the coaching of Gerrie van Beek. HPSC’s strive for excellence, clear vision and alignment with my goals lead to a successful completion of half Ironman swim just two months from the start of my program. As a result of my lessons with HPSC I am now a confident swimmer taking part in multiple races as well as swimming for leisure.” Anastasia – Participant HPSC Adult Swimming Classes

A good example is our adult swimming class participant Anastasia, she had a clear goal in mind and together with her coach Gerrie a plan was created to reach this. Communication with your coach is vital to make sure your expectations are aligned with the coach’s vision.  We are very proud of Anastasia’s progress and happy we could be part of her journey.

Get the Right Equipment

Investing in the right equipment at the beginning is helpful and can spare you a lot of frustration.

  • Get a good pair of goggles. Make sure that they fit well and do not leak. If you swim in an indoor pool, you will need to replace these every few months because the chlorine will cause them to deteriorate. Wearing goggles helps you to get comfortable with your face being under water.
  • Make sure you have a form-fitting suit. Baggy swim trunks will add to your resistance and only slow you down. Women’s suits are typically form-fitting. Guys might want to check out men’s swim jammers as a modest form-fitting suit.
  • Other equipment like pool buoys, kickboards, snorkels and flippers might help you to get started. But you don’t want to develop a reliance on these device so use them with care.

Get the Best Instruction

A great instructor is critical to your success. Make sure you communicate with your instructor frequently about your progress and how to improve. At the High Performance Swimming Club, we have experienced instructors that can help you to learn to swim quickly.

With HPSC’s professional guidance and coaching skills I overcame my fear of water and step by step I managed to come out of my comfort zone and swim in to the deep side of the pool. Mila– Participant HPSC Adult Swimming Classes

There is a lot you can do to prepare yourself for adult swim classes. But don’t forget to have a good time. Learning to swim is an exciting process!

How Do We Guide Children Who Are Worried to Join Swimming Classes?

Does your child not want to join the swimming class? How can you convince them that swimming can be fun and beneficial?

Many children are worried to get into the swimming pool, in spite of seeing their friends having fun in the water playground. This is quite common but with the right approach from the parents your child will become confident in the water. The most effective way to help your child overcome their aqua phobia is to encourage them to learn how to swim. We will explain how we make your child’s swimming lessons fun right from day 1 and what you can do as parent to help.

Keeping Your Child Calm                                       

As a parent, it’s imperative that you relax and express confidence in your child. This may be hard, but you can definitely do it. If you become evidently anxious, your child will also become anxious. You should realize that children take cues from their parents about what is safe or unsafe.

Showing confidence in your child when you sign them up for a particular swimming class and reassuring your child that everything will be ok will help your children get over their fear of the water.

Choosing the Right Class

This can be an ideal factor for your children, particularly if they have a fear of the water. You can choose the right class for your child by joining the free swimming assessment first. The swimming teacher will show your child the much-needed instruction on how to enter the pool, how to enjoy the water and that there isn’t anything to be afraid of.

Our HPSC swimming instructors use several methods to help your child feel comfortable in the water. These methods include:

  • One-Step-At-A-Time Techniques

Overcoming the fear of water is usually a very gradual process. An instructor may start your child just sitting on the pool side with their feet in water. If they do this, even for a couple of seconds, this makes it easier to persuade them to go a bit further using positive reinforcement when they complete these steps until their entire body is in the water.

Children may also not like the water in their eyes and therefore the Instructors will get children used to the water with goggles first to show them there is nothing to fear.

  • Use Floatation Devices

HPSC instructors are using a swim fin, kick boards and noodles to make your child feel more at ease in the water, this can be reinforcing and minimize fear they might have. An instructor may use these floating devices in combination with specific swimming strokes until your child shows the correct form, and with help of the instructor come to do the swimming technique by themselves.

Reward Each Milestone

If you reward short, attainable goals for your child, then you can reward them for their efforts. For instance, you could promise to buy them a new toy or do something fun when they pass their first swimming class. This not only gives them a goal to work towards, but it will build confidence in their ability to swim. With this, you will encourage the child to associate their adventures in the pool with a positive outcome.

Let’s start swimming! 

In the beginning of swimming lessons, it is natural for most children to be worried of a swimming pool. They are usually afraid of swallowing some water, hurting their eyes, drowning, and other factors that make children fearful of deep waters.

It’s important as a parent that you keep your child calm despite their fear of the water and reinforce their milestones as they advance their skills in the water. Our swimming instructors have a lot of experience with children like this, and know how to make your child feel relaxed in the swimming pool. Please let our swimming instructor know that your child has a fear of the water so we can give them the right guidance and teach them some great swimming skills.

When the swimming instructor is working with your child parents we kindly ask parents not to get involved. When your child cries the instructor will comfort your child however the instructor will carry on with the class. It is very normal that a child cries and this is not reason to stop the lesson. Your child will quickly start enjoying the swimming lesson and as parents you will be proud of them soon.