Firmly ensconced in the “it’s never too late” column is the notion of learning to swim, no matter what your age. For a variety of reasons, many teens and adults have never learned how to swim – sometimes due to fear, sometimes due to lack of opportunity. “Swim classes are for kids,” is a typical adult belief. “I’d be embarrassed to be in the pool along with a class of toddlers,” is something many teens would readily acknowledge.
Recognizing that people new to the sport of swimming bring a unique set of learning requirements, the St. Charles Park District is offering three new adult swim programs designed to better meet the needs of first-time swimmers or those who want to become more accomplished in the pool.
“Many people are not as comfortable in water as they’d like to be or never took lessons at all,” said Rosie Fasching, Recreation Supervisor. “We can help them gain that confidence.”
From a basic “Introduction to Swimming” that provides instruction about essential floats, breathing techniques and standard strokes to a “Stroke Refinement and Endurance” class that continues to build on these skills in order to help improve aerobic strength and stamina, the park district’s programs also include a dedicated “Adult Women’s Swim Lesson” where female instructors oversee an all-female class.
“Many people, especially women, are embarrassed to admit that they don’t know how to swim,” said Fasching. “Being able to try things, make mistakes, address fears without men present takes away that judgment factor that can often inhibit learning.”
Swimming, of course, is a great form of exercise for cardio health and overall muscle strength and toning. It’s also a great way to reduce stress, relax and beat the summer heat.
But more importantly, knowing how to swim is an essential life skill, especially if one is around children. Not only does being able to swim let Mom, Dad, Grandma or Uncle Bill join in fun water activities with the family, it also enables them to assist if a child should experience any trouble in the water. Plus, if an adult demonstrates that they have water confidence, then they are providing a positive role model for children who may be experiencing some reluctance to take the plunge.
“Everyone should be able to be comfortable in the water,” said Fasching. “Our instructors will work with adults to help them overcome any phobias and proceed at a pace that makes sense for them.”
All three of the new adult swim instruction programs take place at Swanson Pool. The “Introduction to Swimming” course for those ages 13 and older takes place on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Session one runs from June 9 to 30 and session two goes from July 14 to August 4. The “Adult Women’s Swim Lesson” is held from 9 to 10 AM on Thursdays, with the first session taking place from June 14 to July 5 and the second session running from July 12 to August 2. The “Stroke Refinement and Endurance” lessons are held on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 7:45 PM, with the first session running from June 12 to July 3 and session two taking place from July 10 to 31.
For more information about the adult swim lesson program, contact Rosie Fasching at 630-513-4334.