How Long Does it Take to Learn to Swim

How long does it take to learn to swim is a question that is asked regularly. If you where to put that question in Google search engine it would show you that is takes 20 hours.

how long does it take to learn to swim

Irene swimming front crawl

There are a few points that need to be taken into consideration when making a definite statement how long does it take to learn to swim. Yes, someone can learn to swim in 20 hours but this does not always happen. This can cause disappointment for the person who had paid a lot of  money to realise their dream of swimming effortlessly up and down in their local swimming pool, or when on holiday.

Just a few words about holiday swimming. From my experience, there is not a lot of actual swimming of length after length done (unless you have a villa with a private pool) simply because there are too many people in the pool. The thing is we want to do cool down. So swimming is something that is done mainly at home in the local swimming pool.

When someone thinks of swimming they may wonder how long does it take to learn to swim. Their idea of that is to be able to swim confidently length after length exactly as they see other people doing it. These points listed below show that people cannot swim length after length straight away

  • The build of stamina

  • The understanding of the breathing rhythm

  • Time it takes to swim a length

If you wanted to run a marathon and you had no running experience at all. Where would you start from

  • Get running straight away?

  • Start with working out in the gym?

  • Changing your eating habits?

  • Cut down on your alcohol  habit?

Lets look at ‘get running straight away’. Without any knowledge of how you can protect your joints by using the correct technique would not be helpful at all, in fact you could seriously injure yourself.

Yes, ‘working out in a gym’ under guidance is ok and changing eating habit plus cutting down on alcohol is good. The most important thing though is to learn how to run properly and start off by walk and run, gradually increasing your stamina to be able to run long distances at a good pace. This all takes time and effort.

Why is it people automatically assume that they can (as soon as they learn the stroke) swim length after length? This is NOT going to happen because of the breathing rhythm. This is why the question we should as ourselves is: how long does it take to learn to swim.

Then you learn how to swim you now have to turn your attention to how you breathe. “How I breathe?” someone may ask. “But I just do it naturally” Yes of course we do, on DRY LAND but it is so different when in the water. You will need to fit the breathing into the stroke rhythm. This is why it is impossible to swim length after length straight away. Swim a small distance and when you get out of breath Stop! Recover by looking at the time and how long it takes you to breath normally again. Carry on swimming, get out of breath Stop! Repeat the same procedure over and over again until you can swim at least 5 lengths without getting out of breath, then you will complete your desire and swim, swim, swim.

Doing this will empower you!

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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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