Letter To The Editor: Novice Swimmers Need Leisure Pool

By BILL HUDSON
Los Alamos

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to scuba dive, snorkel, water ski, surf, participate in beach parties, pool parties, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, a crew team, river running, fishing, fancy diving, water ballet, water polo, synchronized swimming, and a variety of the new water sports?

All of these activities have one common thing that is required to participate. You must know how to swim.

Swimming is easy to learn. Pre-school children can swim; students at all levels can swim. You are never too young or too old to learn to swim. Children can compete in the age group programs. High school students have opportunities to compete at the local, state, and nationals levels. Adults can be involved in Senior Olympics, and Masters programs and can be as involved or as uninvolved as they desire.

Swimming is fun at any level and is good for your mental and physical health. It is a great social activity for making and keeping friends. It can save your life and perhaps help you save someone else’s life.

Knowing how to swim is a win–win situation for you and the community.

But in order to learn to swim you need a facility that provides the correct water temperature and depth. Novice swimmers need to feel comfortable and safe when learning to swim.

My simple advice: “Learn to swim, have fun, and enjoy the benefits of being healthy and staying healthy.”

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