We, at our Masters club (the Columbia Masters in Howard County, MD), are very excited that the charitable arm of United States Masters Swimming, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation (SSL) has declared April Adult Learn-To-Swim month. We think that many adults would like to learn how to swim, but maybe haven't had an opportunity to do so or considered doing so… Until now… We are using this nationwide campaign as the impetus to consider potentially developing programs we can use to get interested adults in the pool. And, to hopefully be able to expand the learn-to-swim opportunities that we and our pools already offer. In fact, by declaring April Adult Learn-to-Swim Month, the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation helps us start the conversation. We are thrilled about trying to bring this life (and lifesaving) skill to adults, and are eager to do so. We also believe that most adults would prefer to be taught how to swim by their adult peers. And, who better than Masters swimmers to teach and encourage them?
So, tell me, do you know how to swim? If not, what would motivate you to learn? If so, are you a part of a Masters swimming program or triathlon group that swims together? If you belong to a club, does your club offer adult learn-to-swim lessons? If so, what types of programs have it offered. What types of programming is the most popular with your population/in your area?
I would love to hear your thoughts on Adult Learn-to-Swim programs.