It’s learn to swim day! Summer is just around the corner. And you can’t fully enjoy pools and beaches if you don’t know how to swim. Learning to swim is a bit awkward especially when you are adult but don’t be shy because millions of other people of your age can’t swim.
So on May 19 is a perfect opportunity to learn how to swim. Learn to Swim Day is observe annually on May 19. This day take time to know the importance and benefits of swimming, learn how to swim, and water safety.
History of Learn to Swim Day
This little holiday was created in 2012 by ‘Swimways’. Now known as ‘Teach Me To Swim’. Its main goal is to provide the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water safety as well as teach both children and adults how to swim. At first, it was just a small event but soon people began to realize just how important it was to have such a day, especially during the month when swimming pools open for the summer all over the U.S.A.
Soon, corporations such as Target and Toys”R”Us joined Swimways in celebrating this day by offering promotions on swimwear and learn to swim items, as well as helping to raise awareness about Learn to Swim Day. Nowadays, it seems that more people take part every year, resulting in thousands of people finally mastering this extremely useful skill.
How to celebrate Learn to Swim Day
Of course the best way to celebrate Learn to Swim Day would be learn to swim. To make it more enjoyable call out your family and friends who don’t know how to swim and take some swimming lessons. You can also opt to host a pool party and ask someone you know who swim well to teach you.
No matter how you celebrate Learn to Swim Day always remember your safety when you’re in the water. Never take unnecessary risks like swimming in areas not monitored by lifeguard. Start at shallow areas and be comfortable with water first.
Pre-swim warm up movements
Here are some swim-specific prep exercises before you plunge at pools.
Lunge and Stretch
Lunge forward with one leg and reach the arm on the side of the back leg straight overhead and slightly backward to open up the anterior chain—including abs and hip flexors. You’ll also open up your quads and lats. Be sure to keep hips parallel to the ground, your abs and gluts engaged and hip/knee/ankles in line.
This movement opens up the chest while warming up and strengthening the rotator cuff. Standing in a slit stance, raise arms out to their sides, parallel to the ground. Engage (squeeze) the shoulder blades in toward the spine and slightly downward. Hold for one to two seconds then release. Repeat six to ten times.
The forward bend not only stretches and warms up your spine but also wakes up your hamstrings.
The standing backbend is a quick and easy way to wake up your spines. It instantly gives you more energy by opening up your chest. Breathe deeply and bend further with each breath.
This exercise targets your shoulders, triceps, back and biceps. Prepare your shoulder joints for every stroke with arm circles. Do forward and backwards arm circles for 30 seconds each direction.
Lie on the ground on your side with legs on top of another. Keep your lower leg straight but bend the upper leg so the hip and knee are both at approximately 90 degrees. Extend your arms out in front of you—to the side of you are facing. So they are perpendicular to your body and your palms are touching. Press your bent knee into the ground and maintain it there. Take your upper arm up and over toward the opposite side rotating the spine as you go.
Get on the ground squarely on your hands and knees. Sit back into your hips while keeping your abs engaged. Return to starting position, flex and extend your spine like a cat stretch. Repeat six times.