We have always mentioned about the importance of gearing yourself with swimming skills. So why exactly should one place swimming as a priority when it comes to learning a new skill? Yes, not everyone has the luxury of having their own swimming pool. In fact, some might even be living quite a distance from the nearest public swimming complex. Regardless, these shouldn’t be reasons for allowing swimming to drop further down your priority list.
Firstly, swimming is a life skill that will be retained throughout your entire lifetime. Even if you have not been swimming for an extended period of time, you will not lose the skill entirely. As you never know when it might come in handy, it is wise to pick up the skill at an early stage. Every year, there are multiple drowning throughout the world that occur. The truth is that most of these drownings could have been prevented, especially if the victim had the skill needed.
In Australia alone during the 2011/2012 period, there were a total of 284 drowning deaths. According to statistics, those within the age group of five to seventeen, which is also the usual time when most children learn to swim, there was a significant decline in drowning deaths. This suggests that swimming lessons did help to improve a child’s chance of survival when near the water. This resulted in a movement to make swimming lessons compulsory in primary schools. You can read more about it here. This is similar in Singapore, where swimming lessons are made compulsory in primary schools. This action could potentially save the life of not only a child, but an adult who have been taught as a child how to swim.
For those who have never been taught how to swim, it is never to late to take up the skill. There are swimming instructors available island wide in Singapore. However, it is crucial to engage a reliable and responsible instructor to assist you in your learning journey. The first step to getting it right is by only looking for an instructor who has been certified. Do take note that not all lifeguards are certified to being swimming instructors as well. The qualifications are different and sometimes, people who aren’t aware of this get lead on. Therefore, before committing to anything with the instructor, always request them to produce their certificate so that you can take a good look at it.
At Happy Fish Swim School, we only refer certified instructors to our students. We believe that all of our students should only get quality lessons from instructors who have received the necessary training required to guide others. For more details, kindly refer to our website.