The health benefits of swimming are widely known. For older adults it's a great way to exercise without impact, improving strength and fitness without pain. But not everyone had the opportunity to learn to swim as a child, and may feel intimidated. On top of that, swimming pools have not always been safe for BIPOC.
We recently spoke with Bill Brenner, COO of U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) about this and about USMS efforts to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim. He explains that, with members whose ages range from 18 to 100 and older, coaches train with a focus on safety and diversity and inclusion. And community-led efforts like their Adult Learn to Swim Program are helping to change the tide and make pools and swimming available for everyone to enjoy throughout their lives.
Watch this video to learn more:
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Swimming and COVID-19
What the CDC’s Latest COVID-19 Guidelines Say About Going Back to the Pool via USMS
Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19 via the CDC
Coronavirus and Swimming: What You Need to Know (Updated July 2020) via USMS