It’s not easy being an adult non–swimmer. People automatically assume as an adult you should know how to swim. You want to learn to swim but you feel stupid and too embarrassed to actually go and learn. That is me, the person who has always wanted to learn but felt too stupid and embarrassed to go.
Being a part of Swimathon has given me the same feeling that I had in Cuba last year. Swimming is one of the few sports with a higher percentage of female participants than male. When I head to the pool it is fantastic to see women of all shapes, sizes and abilities taking part.
Body image and self-esteem can be distorted by many factors, including our moods and emotions, early experiences, our parents' attitudes and impressions that we get from the media. So, what can you do about this? How can you improve your body confidence, so that the walk from the changing room to the poolside doesn't strike fear into your heart.
Learning to swim, can be a daunting prospect. The first piece of advice I would offer is, tell those you know of your plan to learn to swim. You may find yourself receiving questioning responses and raised eyebrows, as I did. You are never "too old" to learn to swim, swimming lessons are not the preserve of children. Supportive friends and family will prove invaluable on your journey.
We hear from our ambassadors about why they are taking part in Swimathon 18 and what it really means to them to take part in this remarkable challenge.
Swimathon ambassador, Stephen Morrison discusses a few of the barriers that exist that make swimming an activity that we fear. Since signing up for Swimathon 2018, Stephen has managed to build confidence in the water and says it's been the best thing he's ever done, not just for his wellbeing, but for his family too.