Teaching an old dog, new tricks

17 September 2019
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Many Australian's are afforded the luxury of learning to swim when they are young. We are surrounded by water and it's part of our lifestyle.

But what if you're someone that didn't. Or maybe you mastered floating, but didn't develop the skill of swimming. For some, they experienced a traumatic event in water as a child and it stopped them going back.

This is an issue more and more Australian adults are faced with - the daunting task of learning to swim as an adult.

The good news is, it's never too late and you'll never regret the decision to take the plunge.

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Different Strokes

At Different Strokes Swimming they cater specifically to adults. 

Whether you’re a first-time adult swimmer, or someone returning to the pool, their adult specific programs in Learn to Swim and Stroke Correction will see you improve your technique and build your confidence. 

The Learn to Swim program includes Water Safety and covers the basic elements of each swimming stroke.

The Stroke Correction programs are intended for regular recreational swimmers who want to become more efficient in the water, or for those wishing to join squads or aspiring ocean swimmers.

It's a fabulous way to set a goal with friends and your new swim tribe.

Some tips for the first-time swimmers:

  1. Get some goggles that fit well. To swim, you'll need to put your face in the water and leaking goggles can be off-putting and reduce your enjoyment. We love arena's new anti-fog pair.
  2. Encourage a friend to do it with you. You'll motivate each other and be able to set some fun goals together. 
  3. Sign up for lessons. At first it feels unnatural so understanding good technique for efficient swimming will ensure you enjoy it more.
  4. Challenge yourself. Start with small goals and work your way up. Who can swim 50m with stopping first?
  5. Don't give up. There are so many benefits to swimming and once you master the basics, you'll love it for life.
  6. When you reach your goal why not book a swimming holiday!

It will take more than a few lessons to feel confident, but when it all clicks, it feels great. Swimming is a non-weight bearing exercise so great for sore joints while still providing a great workout.

When you have the basics of floating, streamline and kicking, you can work your way up to stroke swimming. The iSwim app has many new drills and skills added regularly to improve your stroke, so watch a few videos then try them out.

Whether you are a total beginner or would like stroke correction, there are many options available. You can have a private lesson, group lesson.

Find a program that's right for you and get ready to enjoy the summer.

Contact your local pool as ask about what options they have.

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