Afraid of the Water

I’m a runner.  I really enjoy getting out on the trails or track for a good run. But, I’ve been wanting a change. For the past few years I have been debating trying out swimming (and maybe a mini triathlon). The hard part: I have been intimidated or even a little scared to get into the water. I didn’t want to look stupid…or drown. That’s when the idea of swimming lessons came up. I mean, I know HOW to swim but not really how to swim laps or how to do the strokes.  I thought… I put my kids in swim lessons, why not me too??

As a grown woman, I was really nervous to try out swimming in a large pool with a lot of people around. I figured a private lesson would be best for me. That’s where I found  Sunsational Swim School .  It kinda reminds me of the Care.com website for babysitters, only it’s for swim teachers. They come to teach at your pool or a community pool and you can read reviews on the instructors from previous clients. Sunsational Swim School is really best known for offering kid lessons, but they also have adult lessons too. I was sold.

It was really the perfect scenario because my 3 year old is terrified of swimming. I arranged for two private lessons. The first for me, the second for her. She got to watch mine first so she felt more comfortable with her lesson.

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Daisy and Mom, getting ready for our first swim lesson!

We met our swim teacher Hannah at a friend’s pool. Then, it was time to swim. Hannah wanted to see what I knew how to do. I stood there in the pool with my goggles on, so nervous about messing up. I mean, it’s been 15 years since I have “done laps” in the pool. After a little persuasion, I went for it. Turns out, it was kinda like riding a bike. I didn’t sink!!

Hannah worked with me on strokes, breathing and the right way to kick. After about 15 minutes, I felt so much more confident! Then, she showed me how to do the backstroke with correct form and even how to do a flip turn! Really seeing someone do the move up close and then showing you how to do it the right way made all of the difference.  In just one short lesson, I pretty much learned everything I needed to feel comfortable again.

Great advice:: Hannah told me that everyone has their own style and their own way of swimming.  She said not to be nervous because no one is really looking at you or watching the way you are doing it. This piece of advice, along with the added skill, really gave me the confidence I need.

Swimming laps really is THE MOST relaxing exercise I have ever done. No music, no TV blaring… just me and the water. Maybe now I’ll finally have the confidence to sign up for that sprint triathlon I’ve been dreaming about for years. I’ll let you know!

Making the most out of life,

Andrea

While this is a sponsored post my opinions about this topic are my own and I really hope it helps someone who may have questions! 

((Side note:: Another big reason I’ve been worried about swimming is I’m nearly blind and I was also always concerned about my contacts falling out. After much research and reading reviews, settled on the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 goggles on Amazon. They have been great and keep the water out!))

 

 

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