According to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) a shocking one in five adults in England can’t swim! That’s more than 9 million people, a shocking number, considering swimming is one of the nation’s favourite past times. Of these 9 million, a whopping 2.3 million adults want to learn to swim, according to ASA.
SwimSeal, (protective ear drops) keen to get the nation back swimming, set about finding the reason behind our water-shyness. SwimSeal carried out a vox pop on the streets of England, asking 100 British adults why they couldn’t swim. The results were surprising…
Top Five Reasons we can’t swim
- I never learnt as a child
- I’m scared of water
- I hate getting water trapped in my ears
- I’m too body conscious in swimwear
- I’m prone to ear infections
So what can we do to get over our water shyness and fall back in love with swimming again this summer? SwimSeal have come up with a few helpful tips to help you (metaphorically) jump in the deep end and swim your way to success this year!
Poolside Poser to Swimming Superstar
Chlorine – Chlorine does a great job at keeping pools germ-free, but this chemical can have a real drying effect on our hair and skin. Help care for your hair by drenching it with clean tap water pre-swim; hair will be less likely to absorb as much chlorinated water when swimming
Trapped water – trapped water is a real problem for regular swimmers. It’s not only uncomfortable, but can lead to painful ear infections, such as swimmer’s ear, which can put even the most dedicated swimmer off for life. Try ear drops that offer an alternative to bulky, one-size-fits all ear plugs. SwimSeal’s natural ear drops have been developed by ENT specialists and don’t impair hearing; very important when you want to take in everything your swim teacher is saying!
Timing is everything – chose a quiet time to go to your local swimming pool, the last thing you want is a busy pool when you want to feel calm and relaxed, school holidays are a no no! Practice makes perfect and you may find you need several lessons before you feel comfortable to take the plunge solo. Make it easier for yourself and avoid booking classes around a time when you may be extra tired, busy or stressed, such as a big work project or moving house
Swimwear – Take your time choosing the right swimwear to suit your body shape, there’s nothing worse than getting in the pool and feeling as if you’re ‘on show’. Shop around for a cut and fit you are comfortable with and make sure it’s not too tight as this can be restrictive when swimming
Set a goal – You’re more likely to stick to something, if you give yourself achievable goals to reach along the way. Don’t be too hard on yourself. For example, you may want to learn to swim to go on holiday and swim with your children. Start a few months before you want to go away and each week set a new goal to reach; this week I will put my head under water, this week I will learn to tread water etc You’ll be booking that holiday before you know it!
SwimSeal ear drops create a natural barrier to trapped water and external infection when swimming. Two-three drops of SwimSeal’s special tea tree oil formulation coats the ear canal, creating a waterproof seal that is uniquely shaped to the user’s ear canal.
SwimSeal was developed by ENT specialists in it’s native South Africa, and are suitable for babies, children and adults.
£7.99 from leading Boots and Superdrug stores and online at www.swimseal.com
- For recreational swimmers
- For competitive athletes
- For concerned parents
- For bath-time fun
- For water therapy
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