Learn to Swim
Being able to swim is an extremely important skill, even if you do not typically swim for fun and pleasure. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you're thrust into the water, the skill of being able to swim can save your life. Additionally, swimming is a fun activity and a great form of exercise. Most of us learn to swim at a young age by taking lessons. Most local community swimming pools or your YMCA offer swimming lessons for kids of all ages. This skill is important because it also teaches children motor skills and patience.
If you feel uncomfortable in the water, many companies now offer private lessons so that someone can teach you to learn to swim on a one on one basis. The instructor will help you in a private pool, or schedule a time for private lessons. No matter how old you are, it is never to late to learn to swim. Many drownings in the United States each year are the result of people who do not know how to swim. When you start out in your lessons you will probably require the use of a flotation device to help you keep your head above water. In time, these devices are not needed, because you will know the proper motions and techniques to stay afloat.
For those who already know how to swim but would like to learn how to do so competitively, many pools offer stroke mechanics training which helps your endurance, speed, and skill in order to compete. Safety in the water is the most important part of learning to swim. Once you know the basics and how to stay safe, you should be able to swim in deeper water and be able to go from one end of a pool to the other. The back float, butterfly, and different types of strokes are the major actions you will perform when you learn to swim. Once these skills are developed, you can have a great time joining your friends this summer at the beach or in the pool.