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Swimming Tips for Beginners

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  1. Becca

    Great tips! I loved swimming until I started wearing glasses, but having had my eyes lasered, I really should give it another go. It really is the perfect workout for women, the way it tones the body so well.

  2. Sara

    Great tips! I used to lifeguard as a teen and I LOVE to swim! (sadly haven’t done so in a very long time though 🙁 ) but the one thing that really made me less worried of a swimmer drowning was seeing they were not only comfortable in the water but knew how to tread water and knew a few tips in case they got a cramp, etc.

    For example, knowing how to tread water efficiently makes me, as a lifeguard, confident that if you do have an emergency you won’t just freak out and panic. Also, knowing how to calmly and safely stretch out a cramp while getting yourself to the side of the pool or out of the pool is also good to know so a rescue can be prevented.

    Lifeguarding was for me was how to prevent a save/rescue so if I noticed someone was REALLY struggling with poor form from one end to the other, most of the time I’d suggest sticking to the shallower lanes/areas until they were a strong enough swimmer to go into the deeper water.

    …just some thoughts :)…manI miss the water…


    1. Lisa Eirene

      Those are some excellent points. Thank you for telling us!

  3. Shrinking mommy of 2

    I was a competitive swimmer through school. I also lifeguard. I am finally back in the pool and love it!

    You did a great job explaining the basics.

    May I ask you how long do you swim now? How many laps, etc? I currently am doing about 30 mins 2 times a week averaging 66 laps (1 mile at our pool).

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I do 1.25-1.5 miles 2-3x a week depending on my schedule. It takes me anywhere from 40-50 minutes depending on the distance I do.

  4. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    These are some awesome tips!!! My advice would definitely be to stick with it! When I started I could swim no longer than 25m – now I can swim 2000!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s great Lisa! It definitely gets easier.

  5. Edmund N. Figueroa

    It all seems easy… but i’ve never been swimming before.
    Do you think it is too late for me to learn to swim? (by the way I’m 36 years old now)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Nope. It’s not too late. My mom is in her late 50’s and learned how to swim recently. She took a private lesson and is swimming on her own. It’s a learning process.

  6. Carbzilla

    I would love to be a swimmer but I never learned proper form. I’m also a shallow breather so I always feel like I’m not getting enough air. I’ve felt a little more comfortable after doing Hydrofit so maybe I’ll try a little more seriously soon.

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  8. Madhusree

    True swimming is a great form of exercise and helps in even toning especially for women. Best part since everyone enjoys it , it no more appears to be a form of exercise.
    Thanks for the great tips.. very handy for beginners.

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