While the winter season is anything but ideal for swimming and the education that surrounds the skill, there are still things that you can do during the cold season to keep learning. It just takes a few adjustments to your normal routine to be able to continue what you were doing before the weather got colder, instead of waiting until spring comes to pick up where you left off. That way, you can be ready to show off your new swimming skills when the warm seasons come and have a good time doing it.
One good option for swimming activities is going to an indoor pool and getting your education there. While not always the easiest pools to find and get access to, especially in areas that have warm climates, there are a considerable amount of indoor pools out there. If it is in your local community center, high school or gym, you can go to the pool during business hours and may find a qualified instructor to help you learn. A nice indoor pool could be better for learning swimming lessons since you do not have to deal with the elements or other outdoor distractions.
Out of the Pool
Getting an education in swimming does not mean you have to do it all in the pool. There are plenty skills and techniques you can learn about by just getting verbal instructions and getting it in your head. You can have a swim instructor teach you the basics of swimming and the things you can do to improve you skill level and it can be done out of the actual pool. There are books on swimming that you can get pointers from during the winter season and certain swim strokes can be practiced on the floor to get physical experience with how they are to be performed.
A nice compromise between getting some swimming done during the winter and just waiting the season out altogether is getting to a heated pool. If you do not have one at your own home, there are locations that you can go to that have heated pools and swim there. The warmth of the water can give you the temperate you need to get the swimming experience you want and you can do it all while winter is still going.
Pick Your Spots
Not every area has tremendously cold winters and these spots may give you the opportunity to get some swimming done in the winter. If you stay in the right climate, you could get some swim time in during the warmest part of the day and still be comfortable enough to stand the temperature. Swimmers in South Florida especially can find days during the winter where it is warm enough to enjoy a swim and not have to worry about being cold at all. You may have to pick and choose what days you decide to give it a shot, but, it can be done.
For those who are used to cold climates and can completely handle the weather, winter swimming may be an option that you can participate in from time to time. Not only can it be an exhilarating experience, winter swimming can actually have some health benefits like improved well-being and less stress. Winter swimming is not for everyone and should only be done with caution. If you can pull it off, it is a way to get stronger and continue your swim lessons during the winter season.
It is a fact that swimming and the education involved with it, are easier to get done when the weather is warm and the season is right. However, you can get some quality swim time in during the winter if you know where to go. Getting your swim skills up to par during the winter gives you the advantage of not needing to spend the warmer months learning. You can already have your skills intact once everyone else is in the pool and you can have a good time without needing lessons. Plus, swimming can be just as fun during the winter as it is during any other time of the year.
Bob Quigly is a landscaping and family fun enthusiast who contributes to many blogs on the greatest outdoor trends and great pools tips on behalf of Backyard Ocean above ground pools.