Children take to water as easily as fish do. In some cases, children learn to swim before they can even walk, especially if they have parents who are swimmers. Children who have parents that are not swimmers are usually more slow to appreciate the beauty of swimming, but with time and a bit of effort, even adults can learn to swim and can then pass the love of swimming along to their children. Depending on the area of the country in which you live, there is nothing better than coming home after work and spending time in a swimming pool, so there's no time like the present to learn to swim.
If you're looking to learn to swim as an adult you can either sign up for classes at the local YMCA or YWCA or even a local high school that has a swimming pool. There are instructors that can teach individuals of all ages and all skill levels to swim. If you're not in the market for taking a group swimming class and want to learn in the privacy of your own swimming pool in your own backyard, you can hire an instructor to come out and teach you there. You will want to meet with the instructor before the class to make certain there is a good rapport between the two of you as it will make learning to swim much easier if you're taking lessons from someone you feel comfortable with.
As a beginning swimmer you will start your lessons in the shallow end of the pool which should take away any fear of water you may have. Your instructor will teach you how to breathe in the water, how to move through the water and a respect of the water. In your swimming lesson you should be prepared for a session in which you will learn to become comfortable with putting your face in the water, holding your breathe and then going back under again.
As the lessons progress, you will learn to bob underwater, do front and back floats and eventually move up to more advanced swim strokes. Before you learn swim strokes the instructor will lead the class into deeper water to teach you how to move around and maintain your balance in the water, along with this will likely come a lesson on treading water. When you're learning to float on your stomach the instructor will either have the students hang onto the side of the swimming pool or use a kickboard to help them stay afloat.
When you're first learning to swim it's essential that you practice several times a week. Try to block out time when you can devote yourself to 30-minute sessions as a way to both build endurance and practice kicking and swim strokes. In no time you'll learn to enjoy yourself in the water so you can swim and play with your children in the comfort of your own pool.