If you ever needed a reason to learn to swim or hone your swimming skills as an adult, Adelaide is it — or, more precisely, the five amazing scenic swimming spots in and near the capital of South Australia. Believe me when I say you don't want a lack of swimming ability to be the reason for missing out on these places. Here's a quick overview:
Port Noarlunga — a 1.6 kilometre long reef just offshore boasting more than 200 species of marine life.
Maslin Beach — the first nude beach in Australia (only a small section is now 'clothing optional'), what could be better than swimming amidst towering ochre-coloured limestone cliffs and sunning yourself on pristine white sand?
Second Valley — great kayaking, safe swimming and home to the endangered leafy sea dragon, the marine emblem of South Australia.
Formby Bay — secluded beaches where you can surf and swim with dolphins.
Pool of Siloam — a small lake fed by underground springs, with a salt content comparable to the Dead Sea!
Adelaide and its surrounding regions have so much to offer the nature lover — both on land and in the water.
So, are you ready to learn to swim, perfect your stroke or get your diving ability up to scratch? Keep reading to find out who offers the best swimming lessons in Adelaide.
Look for swimming lessons for adults near me — and get your adventure started.
I've Googled 'Swimming Lessons for Adults Near Me' — How Do I Choose?
Firstly, congratulations on taking that initial, all-important step. There are a lot of swimming lessons in Adelaide, aren't there?
Right now, you're probably overwhelmed with the choice you're facing. Don't worry — take a breath and use the following checklist to help you narrow down your options until you find the perfect class or best teacher for you.
- What is your goal?
Do you want to increase your overall fitness? Are you interested in mastering a particular technique or working on your stroke development? Are you petrified of water and need private lessons to help you gain confidence? Make sure you're clear on your goals and remove classes or programs that won't meet them.
- What is your budget?
Remember that learning to swim is not something you can achieve in a short program, so make sure the cost of the lessons is something you can afford over a longer period. Private lessons are often pricier than group classes, but you may achieve results more quickly.
- What type of program am I looking for?
We all have our own learning preferences. Perhaps you prefer a structured approach with a set program? Or maybe you like a more flexible teaching style? Do you thrive in group classes or are you better when it's just you and your teacher? Do you want to join a squad? Make sure the swim school you're considering matches your preferred learning style.
Other factors that may be important to you include: the qualifications, skills and experience of the swimming teacher (at the very least they should be AUSTSWIM accredited); their personality (teachers need to maintain a good rapport with students to get the best out of them); the 'feel' of the aquatic centre or pool where the lessons are being held; and the location of the lessons (nobody wants to travel for an hour, even for great lessons with the best teacher).
Of course, just because you've searched for 'swimming lessons for adults near me' doesn't mean Google is going to magically produce only lessons that are for adults. Be aware there will be a swim school or two (or more) in the mix that only caters for children. It pays to check the class types carefully before you get hooked on a particular pool.
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A Few Options for the Best Swimming Classes in Adelaide
Whether you're a parent looking to take your baby for his or her first water experience or wanting your children to learn to be independent swimmers, or if you're an adult looking to learn swimming basics or participate in a competitive squad, Adelaide has some great swim classes to meet your needs.
With a choice of six aquatic centres throughout South Australia, State Swim prides itself on its friendly teachers, quality lessons and world-class facilities. You can start your baby with lessons at this school from the age of 4 months, take your children for regular graded swimming lessons in a small group setting or enrol your child in squad programs.
As an adult at State Swim, you can improve your skills through learn to swim lessons, lap swimming or small group swim for fitness programs.
Adelaide Aquatic Centre
The Adelaide Aquatic Centre Swim School Program is all about fun and safety. Babies and toddlers learn to swim through games and songs, and primary aged kids, teenagers and adults can experience small, personalised classes or private lessons aimed at improving their skills and gaining confidence in the water.
Students can also refine their technique and work on their stroke through participating in squad sessions.
School of Little Swimmers
The name of this school makes it sound like they only have classes for kids, however, the School of Little Swimmers has adult lessons as well. Not only does this school have its own aquatic centre in the Adelaide suburb of Klemzig, their instructors will also come to students in their homes in a wide range of suburbs in the Adelaide region.
They start with children as young as 6 months and run classes with the parent as a full participant until their child is 5 years of age. Following this, the focus is more about stroke technique and various swim skills, as well as an ongoing approach to water safety.
Adults can access private swimming lessons, as can all students in the school-aged swimming programs.
What Skills Should I Be Learning?
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with ambition, not all beginner swimmers have their sights set on being the next Emily Seebohm, Kyle Chalmers or Sarah Ryan.
As an adult, you may just want enough skills so you feel your safety won't be compromised when you're in the water.
Alternatively, as a parent, your prime concern will be that your child develops the skills to safely move through the water and get themself to the edge and to safety if they find themselves in trouble. You'll want your child to have a positive experience, have fun and learn some skills along the way.
From the outset, as a beginner (whether students are children or adults), swimmers need to first master five basic skills for the purpose of simple survival.
This might seem silly because we all breathe naturally, but swimmers have to learn the correct breathing technique otherwise swimming becomes laborious and much less fun. Often, a significant proportion of the initial lesson (and several lessons after) is spent learning 'how to blow bubbles' (i.e. breathing)
Our bodies float naturally but our fear and tension make us sink, so beginner swimmers often need to 're-learn' the skills of floating. Floating is one of the most important survival skills because if we suddenly find ourselves tired in deep water, floating expends little energy and allows us to wait calmly until help arrives.
This can be hard to learn, however with practise it will come. Usually, beginner swimmers are taught each technique or body movement in isolation before everything is gradually put together to form a full and fluid stroke.
Without coordinated kicking, you won't be moving very far. At the beginner stages, swimming instructors will often use kickboards or noodles to keep the upper body afloat while the lower body practises kicking.
5. Stroke technique
Once floating and kicking skills have been mastered, instructors will start to introduce different strokes (arm movements that aid propulsion through the water). The easiest would be backstroke as it doesn't require in-water breathing to be coordinated along with the arms and legs. Breaststroke is popular amongst beginner swimmers, although freestyle is often the first taught.
If you want to learn to swim — go out and do it, you're never too old to achieve your dreams.
This is something we've dreamed of since we were two little girls. It's something we play-acted in the pool on a summer afternoon.
~ Bronte Campbell ~
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