We spend time and money teaching our children how to swim in order to keep themselves safe in and around the water, but it’s common for adults to avoid lessons if they didn’t learn as a child. This month, Jacob explains how we can support adults on their learn-to-swim journey. 

Learning to swim can be a difficult task to master, however, it is an important skill which we believe that anyone can learn at any age. What’s important to understand is that learning to swim as an adult can be a little different from the carefree learn-to-swim of a child. Children often just want to swim, play, swim and then play again. However, learning to swim as an adult tends to take a more analytical and technical stance. You may already know the basics such as treading water, but to truly get an handle on learning to swim, classes are essential. 

We know that learning to swim as an adult can be different to learning to swim as a child because adults have experiences and knowledge that children don’t, such as knowing the water can be dangerous if you do not know how to swim correctly, knowing that if you are stiff in the water, this can have an impact on your progress and efficiency, as well as knowing how important correct technique is when try to develop your skills in the water. It may also be that you may not feel comfortable in the water, and it may take a few lessons before you do start to feel comfortable. At AUT Millennium, our staff are aware of this, and this is what we are here for – to help you feel confident and capable in the water, then help you learn the skills required.

Learning to swim is one of the skills that takes time to master, and we know that you may feel frustrated if you are unable to get the correct technique straight away, or it might just feel weird and unnatural for you. It is important that you keep trying, even when frustration kicks in, as learning to swim takes time. 

We can help you learn the basics of swimming and how to swim the four strokes correctly. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly all take time to fully understand and swim correctly, and with the help of the AUT Millennium Swim Instructors, you will be able to understand how to swim each stroke correctly and what to focus on for each. Not only this, but we will help you to build your confidence making you more comfortable in and around the water. The lessons will consist of drills and technical aspects to help improve your technique in all four strokes.

We have adult learn-to-swim classes for true beginners, private lessons for those who are comfortable in the water but need help with technique, and also an Adult Swim Squad which can cater to all levels for those comfortable swimming at least 100m.

You are more than welcome to contact our Swim School team to discuss which of our learn-to-swim options would be best for you.
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T: 09 477 2074


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Jacob Garrod works for AUT Millennium Swim School and the Schools Programme. He started back in February 2015 and teaches from Breather Level right through to Development Two. Whilst working part time, he is also in the home stretch of completing his Bachelor of Business Degree at Massey University in Albany. Jacob learned to swim aged three, and became a competitive swimmer at the age of 7. He continued right through until 22, clocking up 15 years in the sport. He specialised in breaststroke and has represented New Zealand on the international level, attending two Oceania Championships in 2014 and 2016, where he managed to get five medals - three gold, and two silver. Jacob also attended the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China, and the 2017 World University Games, in Taipei, Taiwan. Jacob attended multiple National Championships where he managed to get medals throughout the years, from junior level, to age group level, right through to open level.