You've probably heard the proverb about old dogs learning new tricks. Allow us to say, you can never be too old to learn something new, especially swimming. You might shy away from water activities because you cannot swim or are not confident in the water. You might also be reluctant to enrol in adult swim lessons because you believe it is too late to start learning to swim as an adult. You are entirely mistaken. Swimming is a life skill that everyone can learn at any age.

If you missed swim lessons as a child, there is no better time than to start now. It is the only physical exercise you can regularly perform for the rest of your life. Even if your bones and joints are old, swimming will keep you looking and feeling young. Regardless of age and experience, adult swim lessons can help you become more confident, develop the necessary safety skills, and feel more at ease in the water. 

Fulton Swim School provides enjoyable adult swim lessons tailored to your needs by using instructions and exercises specifically designed for adults. Whether you want to practice the fundamentals, improve your stroke, build endurance, or learn the essentials of water safety, our enthusiastic instructors will create a program to assist you in achieving your goals. Read on for more information to help you prepare for your adult swim lessons.

1. Working out helps

Before signing up for adult swim lessons, going to the gym is a tremendous advantage. You can develop a strong stamina, which will aid your breath control in the water. As swimming requires strong arms and shoulders, try exercises like tricep cable presses and dumbbell presses to build your deltoids and triceps. Try body weight workouts like crunches, plank, and Russian twists to strengthen your core and enhance your positioning in the water. If you want to improve your abilities, think about taking on more challenging activities like high-intensity interval training.

2. Learn the foundations correctly

Many adults try unconventional learning methods, such as learning with friends or practising alone in a pool. While trying is better than not learning at all, learning from a trained teacher is strongly recommended, especially for beginners. Several students attend swim lessons afterward to improve their technique but relearning and unlearning becomes incredibly challenging. Even if it might take a little longer, it is much preferable to learn something right the first time so that your brain is correctly wired.

3. Choose your instructor wisely

One of the ways to ensure that your learning progresses quickly is to select a teacher that focuses on teaching adult swim classes. In addition to having extensive swimming knowledge, a swim instructor should also have excellent people skills. Since every student is unique, a competent teacher will be able to relate to them and make accommodations for their learning styles and temperaments.

4. Invest your time

Swimming is a skill that takes time to master and it doesn't happen over a few weeks. The key is to persevere and put what you've learned into action. Adults with typical learning styles and no water phobias usually require 20 to 25 hours of private training to master the foundations of swimming. For an entire year, that translates to roughly one 30-minute class every week. The process could take much longer if you're inexperienced or reluctant to get in the water. While swimming may come naturally to some people, it may not be particularly reassuring for others. There is no set amount of time required, but any adult should be able to learn to swim with sufficient effort, practice, and a positive outlook.

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5. One step at a time

Most newbies make this mistake of attempting to learn too much at once. Don’t attempt to breathe, move their arms, float, and kick on the first day alone. You must acknowledge that learning to swim is a sequential process. The linear flow may cause certain steps to somewhat overlap one another, but only until you are comfortable with one step can you move on to the next.

6. Water safety

Regardless of age, it is necessary (and achievable!) to develop the swimming skills you need to feel comfortable and safe near water. Many parents enrol in adult swimming classes to help their kids become competent, safe swimmers. We strongly advise parents who are unsure about their swimming skills to sign up for adult swimming lessons. One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a parent is swimming with your kids. If you can swim well, you can introduce your children to the water's fun. It will open up many opportunities for water-related fun in life, from days at the lake with friends and family to pool parties. You should have the self-assurance and knowledge to know that you can rescue your child without putting yourself in danger if they ever get into trouble in the water. 

7. Open to all levels

Adult swimming lessons at Fulton Swim School are available for all skill levels. We have something for everyone from complete novices to swimmers who are confident in the water but want to take their swimming skills to the next level. At Fulton Swim School, you can choose from a range of adult swimming lessons taught by trained and experienced instructors who personalise each class to your unique requirements, difficulties, and goals. You will be able to learn at your own pace, which will guarantee a fun experience and equip you with the skills you need to enjoy swimming.

Adult beginners: This class is for you if you want to learn the basics of a certain stroke, how to float or kick on your front and back, or how to put your face in the water.

Adult technique: This class is for you if you can swim and are interested in technical guidance and supervised distance swimming.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in specific adult swimming classes, training, long-distance swimming, or a fitness program for a job (like police officer) requiring a certain degree of swimming. Our friendly staff can assist you in finding the best program for you, whether you're a complete beginner or want to improve your stroke technique, stamina, and overall ability.