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Swimming for Every Body

Swimming for Every BodyI have red hair. Let’s just say the sun and I do not agree on many things. My memories of being a kid at the pool are dismal. They include:

  • White, white, pasty white skin
  • Freckles
  • Tee shirt over swimsuit
  • Fat legs (and other parts)
  • Uval (probably the only sunscreen available back in the day — nasty!)

Appearances aside, I was a great swimmer. Year after year I was ahead of my age group in lessons at the local pool and eventually finished the life saving course — with a handful of older kids, including one of my brothers.

Without much going for me socially at the time, the pool was something of a reprieve. At recess, I was kind of a dud, but in the pool, I was a star. Even though I’m still highly averse to swimwear, there is nothing like diving into the deep end on a hot summer day.

My kids have all had extensive swimming lessons. A couple (so far) have been invited to join swim teams. Only my “baby,” Caleb, still has a few lessons to go to pass the Red Cross swimming course. And don’t forget that it’s very therapeutic for elderly folks as well.

The joy of swimming is the reason we’re saving for a backyard pool. Yes, we are going to have to figure out all the pool chemicals and supplies we need — we’re complete pool owner neophytes — but I’ve already got a list of must have pool accessories. A turbo twister slide is on the top of the list. I know my kids would love it — and I’ll bet I could even get grandpa out there a couple of times a week.

Anyone can learn to swim. Get your kids out in the pool and I’ll bet it will be a very positive, healthy experience.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Mike January 11, 2012, 7:47 pm

    If you have a pool at home and you have small kids then please encourage everyone to get a fence around the pool. Pools are great and can be a lot of fun for families, but always think about safety first.

  • DiNaRa January 15, 2012, 1:59 am

    I agree with you that anyone can learn to swim which is extrememly popular and useful for everybody of any age and body as this is the only exercises that can be done in all conditions.

  • Gabe January 20, 2012, 5:59 pm

    Some days I wake up and my knees ache, I’ve found that the best way to get exercise is water aerobics. The minimal impact is exactly what I need and the people I’ve met at the pool have become great friends. I’m not competing in any swim meets yet but I will be a regular at the aquatic center.

  • liam July 18, 2012, 6:42 am

    Swimming is amazing exercise, the only downer I have on it — the time it takes to get changed before/afterwards. This seems to be increasing as my daughter apparently now can manage to spend a good half an hour showering before she even begins to get changed 🙁

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