It’s never too late to learn to swim! If you’re getting a new swimming pool and you can’t swim, never fear you can still learn, or even if you opt to not learn to swim you can still certainly spend a lot of time and have fun with your friends and family. There are a myriad of reasons to learn to swim, especially if you have a pool at your home. Swimming is also a great way to get, and stay, in shape BUT that being said, you can still spend time in the swimming pool and get in shape even if you can’t swim a stroke!

Swimming pools with shallow ends or pools that are in the four foot deep range offer a lot of options for even those who never learned to swim. If, however you’re determined to learn to swim this summer season, we have tips and information on how to make it happen for you!

Whether you take lessons at the local community pool or if you hire a pool instructor to come to your home or if you watch videos and teach yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re learning — no matter your age.

It’s never too late to learn to swim

  • Pool rules matter. Being in and around a swimming pool should never be a matter of “do as I say, not as I do.” You need to follow the rules of the pool and those include NEVER swimming alone. If you don’t know how to swim, stay in the shallow end. Always wear a safety vest.
  • Take your time. When you’re learning to swim, it’s not a matter of sink or swim — regardless of the myths and wives tales from the past. Take it slowly. You don’t have to go from the high diving board or jump into the deep end and if a swim instructor tells you that you do, find a new instructor.
  • Decide why you want to swim. Do you want to swim because you feel you have to? Do you want to learn because you just want to be able to be with the children and family all the time (this could make sense if your pool has a deep end.) There is no shame in wearing a safety vest — in fact it should be a rule of the pool for everyone under a certain age and for those who aren’t strong swimmers.

Remember, even if you can’t swim and you want to use the pool to get in shape in a way that won’t cause injury. You can certainly “run in place” or “run laps” by staying in the shallow end and you can run back and forth as well. Grab a kick board and stay in the shallow end and swim laps –kick boards are a great way to strengthen your legs and tighten your glutes!

Give the swimming pool contractors from Tipton Pools in Knoxville, TN a call to clean and service the pool or to have a new pool built. Pool contractors have been on the job during the entire coronavirus shutdown.