10 Ways Learning to Swim Can Change Your Life

Swimming is one of the best forms of physical exercise and offers countless benefits for mind, body and soul. It helps you get fit, drowns out the stress and noise of the world, and can take you on adventures around the world. Learning to swim is simply one of the best investments you can make for your wellbeing. Even if you have never spent much time in the water before, you can learn to swim. The SSI Swimming and Lifeguard programs offer innovative techniques for people from all walks of life to learn this essential life skill and share their passion for swimming. So, grab your suit and goggles and start today!

Top 10 reasons why learning to swim is good for your health and soul.

1. Physical Fitness.

Swimming is one of the best-known forms of exercise and is great for developing the mind, body, and soul. It engages muscles throughout the entire body and is a great calorie burner. It keeps muscles toned and the heart and lungs healthy. Swimming is also an excellent way for those with injuries to stay in shape, as it is not a high-impact activity and is easy on the joints.

2. Heart and Lung Health.

Learning to swim and going swimming regularly develops extraordinary cardiovascular and respiratory fitness. Swimming works your heart and lungs and actually makes them stronger. It trains the body to use oxygen more efficiently and can lower your resting heart and breathing rate throughout your day.

3. Strength and Flexibility.

Because swimming uses nearly every muscle in the body, from the arms and legs to the core and back, you can become stronger just by swimming. Not only do these muscle groups get more robust, but since they elongate with every stroke and kick, they become more flexible as well. Having a stronger, more flexible body can reduce inflammation and joint pain for most people. This is a great reason why learning to swim is beneficial at any age. BECOME A CONFIDENT SWIMMER WITH SSI TODAY.

4. Explore the Aquatic World.

Water is everywhere. It covers more than 70% of the earth and learning to swim gives you the skills to explore this aquatic world.  Dive below the water’s surface and come face-to-face with all sorts of mysterious creatures, ancient shipwrecks, and jaw-dropping topography. Adding this sense of adventure to your life feeds the soul.

5. Practice.

The art of practicing anything, from athletics to an instrument, is healthy for the mind. It keeps your brain sharp and more focused. Being a good swimmer requires good stroke technique. Developing good technique and efficient swim strokes can be a long-term and rewarding goal worthy of pursuing.

6. Gateway to Other Adventures.

Learning to swim is the gateway to a large number of other exciting aquatic adventures. Becoming a good swimmer allows you to explore thrilling sports like surfing, freediving, and scuba diving. Good swimmers can even become mermaids and mermen with the SSI Mermaid program.

7. Save a Life.

Learning to swim and developing good swim skills can prevent drowning. Unfortunately, drowning is the number two cause of accidental death for young people every year. Learn to swim and save a life! READ MORE: 8 BEST SSI LIFEGUARD PROGRAMS FOR 2021.

8. Discover a Career.

Swimming is not the first thing most people think of as a career path. However, many successful jobs have their basis in swimming. Being a good swimmer can allow you to become a Lifeguard, which is a rewarding career. Pool, waterfront and ocean lifeguards all prevent drownings and save lives. There are also excellent opportunities for strong swimmers to enter careers in the Coast Guard or Navy as rescue swimmers around the world.

9. Challenge.

Entering the world of competitive swimming is a great way to strengthen your health and boost your confidence. Competitive swimming is one of the toughest challenges that a swimmer can take on. It teaches personal inner strength, goal setting, and perseverance. Most competitive swimmers develop a lifelong love for swimming and being in the water. Children can start competitive swimming as early as five years old, and there are even adult (Masters) competitive swim programs.

10. Lets You Teach Others.

If swimming is good for the soul, then teaching swimming is magnificent for the soul! There is no better reward than teaching non-swimmers to swim and sharing a life skill that can change people’s lives. Become an SSI Swim Instructor or Lifeguard Instructor to take your swimming skills to a higher level.