Beginner’s guide to swimming – where to start?

Even as a child we are taught to swim. But that does not mean that everyone who can do it becomes a bathing champion. At the very least, it requires strong willpower, desire, and good exercise with a balanced diet as well as training.

What’s needed to get started

Initially, you need to identify your goals. What are you doing it for? What is your ultimate goal – to compete, to learn to swim for yourself, to take part in a marathon, to eliminate any health problems, to simply get your body pumped?

Based on your goals, you need to find a training plan and a coach. If you don’t have the opportunity to do that, then just sign up for a pool. Ask friends who can swim to go with you.

Important: don’t start learning to swim in a lake, river, or sea. It is dangerous for you.

What equipment do I need to start?

You don’t need much if you want to learn to swim. But if you want to reach the level of champions, then it is worth stocking up on the important things your coach will advise you on.

  • A bathing costume or bathing suit;
  • Smartwatch or fitness bracelet for score tracking;
  • Swim cap;
  • Goggles for bathing;
  • Earmuffs or headphones that you should use while exercising;
  • Large towel;
  • Comfortable rubber slippers;
  • A tracksuit to wear after your workout.

Be prepared to need a lot of energy after the swim. It is therefore a good idea to always have energy bars and juice concentrates with you to replenish your energy after training.

What sports can I play in the swimming pool?

Swimming is not the only stop on your way to the pool. After all, there are other sports you should do there too. There are more than 30, but we’ve rounded up the most popular ones that might interest you.

  • Aerobics in the water;
  • Synchronized bathing;
  • Fast swim;
  • Fitness in the water:
  • Water Yoga;
  • Simple exercises;
  • Strength training;
  • Diving;
  • Surfing;
  • Water skating;
  • Swimming with acceleration;
  • Breath-holding training.

Interestingly, there are a lot of people who can’t even swim as adults. This is unfortunate because exercising in the water gives you more of a body boost and generally this skill could save your life one day, so it’s worth learning.


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