Perhaps you’re an adult who never learned how to swim. Perhaps you want to teach your kids a valuable life skill. Perhaps you suffer from arthritis and wish to experience a more bearable form of exercise. In any of these situations, you could benefit greatly from swimming lessons, taught at a variety of different locations. Here is a brief explanation of how to get started in your search for swimming lessons: The location The first step to enrolling in swimming lessons is to find out where they are held. If there is a local public pool, then you can probably inquire at the front desk regarding swimming classes, They should have a list of available classes by age, range and hours.  If there is no easily accessible public pool near you, then you might need to dig a little deeper. If you have a private neighborhood pool, then there is a chance that a class is taught there. You might want to ask your homeowners’ association (if you have one) about any local classes. If you still cannot find classes, then you should check both your local civic center and the internet. Your civic center/town hall should have listings for local classes, while you can probably some on the internet, due to the increasing prevalence of online advertising. The cost Usually, public classes will run around $30-40 for about a month of weekly classes. This means that you will pay about $10 per class, give or take. When weighing whether or not that is a reasonable price, remember that swimming is definitely a skill that can save your life. In fact, it can help save the lives of others. When looking at it from that perspective, $40 suddenly doesn’t seem like such a massive investment. The curriculum What each swimming class teaches can vary wildly between different areas and businesses, but there is a basic progression of skills which can be identified. This is evident in the 6 stage Red Cross program, “Learn to Swim“. You should select a swimming class based on your comfort level with the following concepts and skills. If you feel that you or your child are entirely new to swimming, then there is no shame in starting with a level 1 class: The lowest level of classes focuses on familiarization with water. These basic classes involve bobbing, basic movement in water, and opening your eyes underwater The next level of classes revolves around rudimentary versions of the breaststroke and backstroke, and diving to retrieve items This is a deeper exploration of the different types of strokes The more advanced strokes are taught here, including the butterfly and breaststroke The final strokes are at this...