Am I Too Old For Adult Swimming Lessons

Am I too old for adult swimming lessons is often asked by people who are in their 50’s – 60’s or 70’s and even 80 – 90. Do you think you are? I have been teaching people who have a phobia/fear/anxiety about the water for 14 years. Many have asked me am I too old to learn to swim?


Am I too old for adult swimming lessons

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I have found out the three main reasons why people with the fears regarding being in the water want to put themselves through this challenge of learning how to swim, when they do not need to do so to live. After all, we can go about our everyday lives  without entering into a swimming pool or the sea (and many people do).

First reason for wanting to learn how to swim but think Am I too old for swimming lessons

This is when the time to learn to swim is getting important and the reason being is because they become GRAND PARENTS. Am I too old to learn to swim is the thought running thought their head. I cannot emphasis this enough. I have more people wanting to learn how to swim because now they have more time (many are retired) and the relationship between a child and grand parents is so different.

The challenges are more,  simply because at the age of 50 onwards we have spent time at work, maybe sitting all the time, manual work that necessitates us being in a stooped posture, or even if we have played a certain sport. All of these movements are ingrained in our muscle memory and have to be dealt with when learning how to swim. This can be done successfully in time and have been accomplished by people who’s ages range from 50 – 75.


Second reason for wanting to learn how to swim

After escaping the school years of water tuition youths either go to university, take on a zero hour job whilst waiting for the one they really want, enrol in a 3 year training for a specific job, take a gap year, or just simply stay at home.

Somewhere along the line the word HOLIDAY going to be mentioned at some time with a group of friends. Guess what most want to do……….. swimming. Well after putting up with just lazing around the pool making excuses about not getting into the water and actually having fun, the person decides they must do something about this demise. They then come along and start learning how to swim.

If they do not feel that way, they definitely do not think am I too old for adult swimming lessons, the thought does not enter their minds. Some people just don’t want to learn to swim, not because they are frightened of the water, they just do not think it a necessary thing to do.

Third reason for wanting to learn how to swim

Believe it or not when they become parents, maybe both cannot swim for various reasons, or just 1 person decides to learn. This is because the parents do not want their child to grow up with a fear of water. Also they want to enter into the fun and games that they see going on in the water when maybe, on holiday or in other peoples pools (if they are lucky enough to have friends with swimming pools).

Some do not learn how to swim at that stage but, nevertheless they want their children to learn so sign them up at an early age for swimming lessons because they don’t want their children to have a fear of the water and they also recognise that swimming is a life skill. The majority of people do this, but as regards themselves they find that the challenge to learn is still to big. the thought am I too old for adult swimming lessons once again does not enter their minds.

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About Irene Bouette

I have my own private swimming pool, teach on a 1-1 basis and also provide residential accommodation for anyone that needs the peace and quiet after their time in the water. I used to be phobic of the water, now I help others to conquer their fear by using step by step logical reasoning to help people to understand the water. I have taught over a 1,000 people by my methods that I have adapted to meet peoples needs. One cap does not fit all people!
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