How long does it take to learn to swim?


Unless a person has a fear of water, the average adult learns to swim with about 20 hours of swimming instruction. By this time, people can cover 5 yards with the freestyle stroke.

Both private and group lessons are available. A person who comes to swimming lessons and is uneasy around water needs extra time to overcome the fear. There is no set period for this because each person has a different level of anxiety and different reasons why it exists. People with a fear of water need to become more confident around it, and they need to understand how and why water can support them while swimming.

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How Long Does it Take to Learn to Swim?
The amount of time it takes you to learn to swim depends almost entirely upon the level of fear the would-be swimmer brings into the water with him. Practically, it takes as long as it takes. A good swimming teacher can help you overcome run-of-the-mill... More »
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