Learn to Swim
Learning to swim is a life skill that can come in very useful throughout one�s life. Swimming is not only a great way to keep fit, it is also a requirement for various professions (i.e. the emergency services). Along with being a life saving skill swimming can make a whole range of water sports accessible, such as surfing, kayaking or water polo.
Learning to swim is also an important preventative measure towards accidental drowning. Drowning is one of the highest causes of accidental death in children worldwide. If children are taught the skills that will ensure their safety in and around the water, we can greatly reduce the likelihood of these accidents.
The 3 most popular swimming strokes are Front Crawl, Breast Stroke and Back Stroke. When learning to swim it is important to practice as often as possible. This will build up your confidence in the water. Learning to swim can become fun by participating in swimming lessons, it is also much easier to learn with the aid of a qualified instructor. Swimming lessons are available in most communities through private gymnasiums and programs such as the American Red Cross, Swim America, public schools, YMCAs, and sports clubs.
When starting out, most instructors provide floatation equipment, this is a good idea as you will be able to focus on your stroke technique without worrying about staying afloat. Choose floatation equipment that does not restrict your arm and leg movements and do not rely upon the equipment to keep you afloat in deep water, it is only to be used as a swimming aid. If you start using inflatable flotation equipment, try deflating the device bit by bit as your skills improve. Soon you will find you don't need the equipment any more.
Lesson 1 � Breaststroke
Lesson 2 � Freestyle, Front Crawl Stroke
Lesson 3 � Back Crawl Stroke