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Adult Swim Lessons: Teaching Lifesaving Water Safety Skills

If you’ve never learned how to swim – you are not alone! According to the Red Cross, nearly half of all adults can’t swim well enough to save themselves.

With the knowledge that many adults either can’t swim or aren’t confident in their swimming abilities, we created our unique Adult curriculum to address this growing need. This program takes our traditional British Swim School methods and applies them in a way that’s specifically designed to work with adult swimmers to help them feel comfortable and safe in the water.

Overall, the most important element of this program is that everyone is working together and towards the same goal: water safety. Many individuals inaccurately associate drowning risks with children, but approximately 70% of drowning victims today are adults. Regardless of your age, knowing and practicing critical water safety skills could save your life! Learning to swim as an adult can, directly and indirectly, save more lives by not only enabling more individuals to save themselves but also equipping adults with the skills to save someone else in need!


Check out this video where one of our own describes her journey from non-swimmer to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Adult swimming in a pool

Personalized Training to Achieve Your Goals

We recognize that every adult who comes into our program has a unique set of needs and goals and there is no “one size fits all” approach to teaching adult lessons. During the first lesson – or beforehand, if possible – we’ll review each swimmer’s goals, timeline, and foundational skill set to provide personalized attention focused on the areas that each student needs the most.

For ease of learning and teaching, we have modeled our British Swim School Adult program after our children’s program by structuring it into three levels: water acclimation, water survival, and stroke development. We have found that sticking to this progression format leads to the best and most rewarding outcomes for adults in our program.

Adult 1 Level, Adult Beginner, Water Acclimation:

  1. Water acclimation / No fear
  2. Enter and exit the water without a ladder
  3. Able to do 10 bobs in chest – deep water (with rhythmic breathing)
  4. Float then sit up from float (back and front)
  5. Glide 2 to 3 body lengths

Adult swimmer testimonial

Adult 2 Level, Adult Intermediate, Water Survival:

  1. Submerge in water overhead and surface, then swim-tread-swim to safety
  2. Tread 1 minute and spin in a circle to find a way out
  3. Swim 25 yards backstroke
  4. Swim 25 yards freestyle with side breathing
  5. Swim 25 yards sidestroke or breaststroke

Adult 3 Level, Adult Advanced, Stroke Development:

  1. 50 yards continuous backstroke
  2. 50 yards continuous freestyle with flip turn
  3. 50 yards on chosen stroke (breaststroke, butterfly, etc…) with open turn
  4. 10 minute of continuous swim
  5. Personalized “reach” goal (endurance, pace,starts, new skill, etc…)

Adult swimming laps in a pool

Contact Your British Swim School for More Information

It’s never too late to learn how to swim! Adult program is offered at all Hudson Waterfront British Swim School locations. Classes are being held in small groups of maximum 4 adults and are often held weekdays in the evening after our children’s classes, but we also offer weekend lessons. Tuition is the same as for our youth program.


Ready to enjoy your summer even more, because you can finally jump into the pool or swim in the ocean? Call 201-676-3630 or find the right class online by first locating your closest pool.



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