09 JanThe Benefits of Adult Swimming Lessons
How adults may benefit from swimming lessons
If you’re of a certain age, swimming lessons conjure up images of being whisked away from school to a municipal pool on a double decker bus. It also creates images of cold changing rooms, picking up bricks from the bottom of the deep end, and bossy swimming instructors. Also that of woollen swimming costumes and holding onto a stick as you learn to kick your way along 25 metres of pool.
Today, swimming lessons have moved on from this era. The woollen trunks have gone the same way as the cold changing cubicles. In many places sadly, swimming pools themselves have disappeared.
Perfecting your swimming strokes isn’t just for seven-year-olds with a rolled-up towel and soggy costumes. For adults, it’s an alternative to the gymnasium. Instead of being taught alongside twenty-nine or thirty-four others, one-to-one tuition is the norm. You can also learn to swim in a five-star hotel’s health spa as well as the public baths.
Adult swimming lessons
Throughout the Republic of Ireland, adult swimming lessons are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, or as part of a membership package. In our locality (County Kildare) for example, K Leisure operate three facilities with swimming pools in Naas and Athy. K Leisure’s pay-as-you-go rate is (at this time of writing) €6.50, with access to the sauna and steam rooms as well as the pools.
Swimming tones your body and improves your breathing. It strengthens your heart muscle and increases the amount of oxygen it gets. As well as the physical benefits, it also has a positive effect on mental health. It soothes your mind, allowing you to get away from the stresses and strains of work for at least half an hour or more. You can also meet up with fellow swimmers and make friends with one another. If you wish to hone your newly gained skills, you could join a local swimming club or water polo team.
Furthermore, the local baths is also a passport to other water-based leisure activities as well as swimming. That of scuba diving and snorkeling. Or wild swimming in freshwater pools. As well as being a fun way to keep fit, those first few swimming lessons could turn your fitness regime into a lifelong passion. It is our passion for all things of a swimming nature that led to our company’s formation almost 25 years ago.
Swim and Leisure Supplies, 09 January 2016.
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