There are a lot of reasons why people give up on learning how to swim. Here are some reasons:
They have a fear of the water;
They do not feel they need to learn to swim because they live far from any body of water;
They have had a traumatic pool experience when they were younger; and/or
They did not have access to swim lessons as children.
These days, swim schools and instructors are trying to change all that. The advantages of learning how to swim far outweigh the concerns raised above. After all, it is never too late to learn how to swim. There are individuals who take the plunge even at age 50. There are already adult swimming lessons to address fears and issues of individual adults.
The trend is rising and more adults are starting to get convinced that swimming is a necessary skill to learn.
The number one reason adults choose to go to swimming classes is their kids. Those who grew up dodging all opportunities to learn to swim find themselves feeling helpless around their kids who love playing in the water. In case of an emergency, who would run and rescue a child in trouble? Definitely not the parent who is too afraid to put their head in the water. To know that one is capable of saving a child is enough for an adult to stay motivated. It does not matter whether a family lives near a body of water or if they own a pool or not. Swimming comes in handy especially on holidays.
Adults just need to get over their fear of water and everything else falls into place. Instructors would say that the body is naturally buoyant. An adult just needs to trust his body to do its job and not fight the natural way the body floats when in a relaxed state.
The key is keeping one’s eyes on the prize. A first-time participant in an adult swimming lesson just needs to look ahead and he/she will stay motivated to learn how to swim. He just needs to relax and prepare the mind for the lessons.