Learning to swim when you’re little makes it a whole lot easier to get through life. Adults who for whatever reason did not learn to swim as a child frequently talk of themselves as having missed out on something that is fundamental.
It might not stop them from going in a boat with a life jacket on. They might not be afraid of the water in the same way someone with aquaphobia is. They are just missing out on something those of us who can swim get.
Learning to swim when you’re older
Learning to swim as an older person is quite a big step to take. You have to decide that you want to do it, then you have to find somewhere where you can be in the pool without dozens of other people getting in your way. One route for adults to learn is to take private swimming lessons.
These may be one-on-one or small groups of learners who face a similar challenge. It helps to know that there are others out there who face the same challenge. Inevitably there will be people who are better than you and people who are worse.
The class environment gives the adult newbie a sense of perspective as well as evidence that it is possible to learn this as an adult and be successful.
Learning in a small group
If an adult does have to learn to get over a deeply held fear having people besides the teacher to talk to is a great help. Someone who is on their path is much easier to relate to than someone who is so far beyond their situation that they are teaching the subject. Teachers can help with the mechanics and empathy too. But someone who really understands is even better.