Whether you’re an active swimmer or you haven’t swum since being a kid, the positive effects of swimming go far beyond fun. Knowing how to save a life is crucial, so below are some important reasons why adults may want to stay on top of their swimming skills.
The Ability to Save Others
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die by accidental drowning every day, with two of these deaths being children under the age of 14. You don’t have to be a lifeguard (although Elite regularly offers Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes) but by acting quickly, having necessary swimming skills, and the knowledge and experience in performing first aid, you can help save lives.
Your Own Safety
Even if you avoided swimming as a child, you will likely find yourself in situations where water is present. It could be a backyard BBQ with a pool, a fishing trip with friends on a river or lake, or spending time with your children on the beach. Even if your goal is to not swim actively, knowing swimming basics and how to tread water, along with breathing techniques, can help you avoid drowning during a potential accident.
Water Activities Beyond Swimming
Learning to swim allows you to feel safe when doing lots of other aquatic activities. Going kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or just hanging out at the beach with family and friends are more appealing when you’re properly equipped with the right safety education. Plus, these activities get you out of the house, active, and having fun with others!
A Great Way to Burn Calories
Looking for a new way to say goodbye to excess calories? Depending on your weight and metabolism, you could potentially burn nearly 1,000 calories swimming quickly for 60 minutes at a time!
Varying Your Workout
Ever get tired of the same old routines? Swimming laps or doing water resistance exercises opens you up to other choices at the gym. Alternate your swimming days just like you would arm, leg, or cardio workouts!
That feeling of pride when you learn something new can extend to setting new goals. For instance, if you enjoy running and biking, learning to swim will allow you to participate and compete in a triathlon. Or if your newfound talent in swimming doesn’t urge you to enter swimming competitions, it’s still a lifelong skill to be proud of that you can teach to others!
Are you a swimmer with even more reasons why swimming is a great tool to learn? Leave them below in our comments for other Elite members to take a look!