Is it ever too late to learn to swim?

The answer: “Never!”

According to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) up to 9 million people in England over 14 years of age, have never learnt to swim. Recent statistics show there is a great desire for people to learn to swim. Yet! There are many factors that still discourage them from learning.

What are the factors, that stop might be stopping you?

  • Fear/anxiety?
  • Self-conscious?
  • Water Phobia?
  • Meeting an instructor that you don’t know?
  • Feeling like it’s too late?
  • “It’s for kids, schools, armbands, parents, and toddlers”.

Have you had bad experiences too?

Nine times out of ten, water phobia (fear of the water) stems from bad past experiences, which build up in the mind over time and magnify themselves into all-consuming fear. Exposure to fear is the only way to overcome the problem, it’s a challenging process, but it all starts with a simple decision. If you can first make your mind up that you’re going to do it, you’ve already won the battle, the rest is just practice.

It’s never too late!

You can word associate until the sun goes down, but it is NEVER too late to combat the pool. From personal teaching experience, the psychological side of learning to swim can be far more challenging than the physical side; that’s why it’s super important to find the right teacher, who can help you build confidence and take it step by step.

Mastering the art of swimming

Learning to swim is all about approach and mindset, it requires a level of concentration – almost zen-like. The required skills are coordination, breathing, balance and timing, just to name a few. It’s not all about physical power like other activities, which makes it more of a challenge to master.

Is it really worth it?

Learning to swim is priceless, especially later in life. It’s well-known that swimming has many health benefits, it helps to clear the mind, reduce stress and anxiety, improve circulation and fight disease. Swimming has been dubbed the greatest form of exercise for all round health and wellbeing. In current times we can all get caught up in the business of everyday life, swimming helps to reset the balance and offers peace and tranquillity.

Time for a change of perspective?

  • What if I could finally get in the pool on holiday this year?
  • What if I could enjoy seeing my friends whilst being active?
  • What if I can meet and talk to new people whilst enjoying fitness.
  • What if I can finally overcome my fear of putting my face in the water?
  • What if you gained control over your anxieties and fears?

Challenge yourself

Accept that you’re anxious and remind yourself of your motivation to learn. Remember you’re already achieving by starting this journey. Whatever your age or ability level, feel confident to take advantage of today’s opportunities. Feel liberated in water and watch your confidence grow. Fear is natural, embrace it. It’s never too late.