Learn to Swim Program

CI students swim during the Wellness Fair
CI students swim during the Wellness Fair

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Why learn to swim?

Approximately 50% of the American population does not know how to swim. Learning to swim will provide an individual with personal safety, psychological, physical, social and recreational values.

Millions of people enjoy aquatic activities every year and many of these individuals will not be able to save themselves or help someone else should they find themselves in trouble in the water. Of the total number of drownings that occur ever year, approximately 60% occur in non-swimming activities. Living in an area that has a high volume of aquatic activities should prompt one to learn how to swim. If an individual and his/her family visit the beach often, like to go boating, or find themselves next to water, it becomes important that they are reasonably secure in the water. That means they should be able to survive if they fell into the water.

Learning how to swim as an adult can provide a great sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. For an adult, swimming can be one of the most awkward activities to engage in but the rewards of accomplishment once skills have been developed are immeasurable.

Swimming is also an excellent fitness activity. It is virtually a non-impact activity so there is little stress on the joints which puts individuals at minimal risk for injuries. Because the water is more dense than air, it provides for a more intense aerobic workout as well as assists in developing strength. The benefits of swimming as a fitness routine are the same as those from a land based exercise program. Benefits of fitness include strengthens the cardiorespiratory system, maintains and increases muscular strength and endurance, improves resting metabolic rate which helps in maintaining recommended body weight, decreases in blood pressure, lowers risk for chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer and diabetes, improves flexibility, speeds recovery from injury or illness, relieves tension and aids in coping with stress, slows aging process, helps people to sleep better, helps maintain independent living, especially for seniors and enhances the quality of life. In addition, swimming offers less risk for injury, as well as provides those who are injured or overweight a way to develop or maintain their fitness level.

People tend to feel more social when they are around water. There is something about water that makes people want to play. It provides individuals the opportunity to get out and socialize regardless of their skill level. Learning how to swim will open up a variety of other aquatic activities as well. Surfing, sail boarding or kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking scuba diving, and snorkeling are just a few activities that can be enjoyed by individuals who know how to swim.

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