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Learning How to Swim Can Save Your Life in an Emergency
Learning How to Swim the Right Way
Learning how to swim is a basic survival mechanism. Even if you aren’t the type of person logging endless hours on the beach, you should learn how to swim the right way. You never know when you or your children will need to use this life-saving skill.

It Doesn’t Come Naturally
Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t know how to swim. The reasons for not learning how to swim vary. Some people just don’t like being near water. Others never had an instructor to teach them. However, just because you don’t know how to swim you shouldn’t learn.
Learning how to swim in today’s day and age is much more structured than ever before. From private lessons at the local rec center to group lessons through an organization like The American Red Cross, would-be-swimmers have more options today than ever.
Red Cross Swimming
An American Red Cross swimming class will provide the proper mechanics of learning how to swim. Even if you already know how to swim, learning the proper mechanics of swimming will improve your efficiency of swimming. This is critical in a life or death situation because the waters most likely will not be tranquil.
Another import asset of taking lessons from the American Red Cross is the survival skills that they provide throughout the course. The reasoning is that most instructors have a strong first aid background from working with the Red Cross for years.
These instructors will teach you the proper survival mechanisms when you are in a flooded area or how to handle the situation when your car gets flooded. Learning how to swim is important but so are other survival techniques.
Start ‘em Young
Swimming courses are highly recommended for children and even teenagers. By allowing the professional instructors to teach your child, your child may be more comfortable and become a much better swimmer.
Learning how to swim is a great skill that your child could use for rest of his or her life, and one day the skill just may save that life.
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Posted by Ryan Edgerton on June 12, 2007 10:21 AM | Permalink

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