It’s never too late to learn to swim!

Adult learn to swim Learning to swim as an adult is in focus in the media this month, following the high number of adults who have drowned this summer. Sadly, this statistic is nothing new. Of the 291 people who drowned last year, 219 were aged 25 or over, and the average age was 43 years. In the 25 – 34 year age group this represented a 5% increase against the ten year average, and in the 65 and over age group we saw a 27% increase in drownings. The most common activity undertaken before drowning occurred was swimming / recreating, falling or jumping into the water, or being on a boat – all activities we would all hope to enjoy without fear. However sometimes an incident occurs which tests the skills of adult swimmers, often with a tragic outcome.
Sadly, many of the people who have drowned this summer were overseas tourists. Our Australian aquatic environments can be fierce and challenging, so as much education as possible across all sectors of the community is what we are aiming for.
For many adults, just being near a body of water causes negative feelings, ranging from discomfort to paralysing fear, simply because they never learnt to swim. Migrating from a country where swimming isn’t a priority, a lack of access to a pool or a physical disability are just some of the reasons people reach adulthood without swimming skills. This can impact quality of life, and for parents and grandparents, can hinder the ability to safely supervise children in the water.
Fear, never having the opportunity to learn, being raised in another country where swimming is not intrinsically linked to the culture and lifestyle, or embarrassment at not being able to swim should not hold you back from learning to swim in your adult years. It is never too late to learn, and to then be able to join in on all the fun in the sun with your family that swimming provides. Not to mention being able to help a member of your family if they got into trouble in the water.
Swim Australia chief executive Gary Toner say’s “It’s normal to feel nervous. There’s a whole cross-section of feelings and emotions that come with learning to swim,” adding that it is common for adults to feel scared or embarrassed. “Just the idea of walking around a pool in swimmers can be confronting for many, let alone putting their head under water for the first time. Then you have some people [who find it] a whole new life experience – they are embracing it. They want to enjoy the lifestyle and be around water. They are full of energy and excitement.”
We offer both private lessons and adult learn to swim and water confidence group classes, which are a more affordable option to private lessons, in an easy to access ten week program – plus the cost includes a 10 visit swim pass to practise your new found skills!. Please register your interest by emailing me at julie@nepeanswim.com.au, or with any queries. Make this year your year to overcome your fear of the water and let’s get swimming! It’s never too late to learn!