Learn To Swim
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It always comes as a shock that the Maltese don’t do better at swimming in the Olympics. After all, this island race lives a very outdoorsy lifestyle, they can swim almost as soon as they can walk and they spend half the year splashing about in the water. You’d think that would count for something!
It’s resulted in a nation of expert swimmers as well, as a nation of expert teachers. So if you want to learn to swim then why not come and gain the benefit of all that experience and expertise and take lessons on Malta?
Of course, there are many other obvious reasons that make this an attractive proposition. Ordinarily, those who don’t live on a sun-drenched island in the Mediterranean learn indoors in their local council pool staring up at polystyrene ceiling tiles. That’s a far cry from splashing around in an open-air pool under a cloudless azure sky.
You’ll find dozens of organised swimming schools and aquatic clubs operating here, where professional instructors impart their wisdom to children and adults alike. They not only teach swimming but also safety rules and first-aid methods that can be employed when swimming in the sea.
Learning here also makes sense because once your lesson is over you can hit the beach and spend the rest of the day practicing in the sea. Anyone who has swum before will tell you that it’s much easier in salt water than in fresh water. And, given that most people learn with half an hour of instruction per week, imagine what progress you could make spending hours each day swimming.
Another bonus is that the salty sea water increases your buoyancy so it’s harder to sink – just think about those documentaries of people bobbing about in the very salty Dead Sea, where it’s all but impossible to dip below the surface the water’s so ‘floaty’.
On Malta, most courses run in well-kept pools, where you’ll have easy access to the best changing and security facilities. From the pool, the second phase of most courses incorporates lessons in the open water where new swimmers will, for the first time, discover the joy of swimming in the sea.
The idea of these organised swimming classes is not to produce new Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps generations, which may explain why Malta never bags any medals, they’re to turn people into able swimmers. They will teach you how to be safe in the water, appreciate and enjoy the healthy aspect of swimming and to savour the warmth and tranquillity of ploughing up and down like a seal in the Mediterranean.
Malta's inviting blue waters are clean, warm and safe all the year round, though the air temperature may put you off slightly in the depths of winter. In the summer though it’s a blessed relief most of the time to jump in to cool off so what are you waiting for?
The easiest way to find a swimming course on Malta is through the national organising body for the sport, the Malta Aquatic Sports Association. A link to their website is given below. Alternatively, you can contact any of the swimming or water polo clubs on the island to ask about lessons.
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