When I was growing up, I started to develop a great interest in dancing. And everybody I knew who had a passion for dance flocked to the dancing class to level up their skills.
I couldn’t afford it. So I browsed YouTube and tried to learn from it. Suffice to say, I become a dancer. But there is a long way to go.
In reality shows, often the people who learned it all by themselves are appreciated more. Because when there is no coach to help you, it gets difficult to have a forward momentum. Also, it becomes easy to quit because there is no one to push you otherwise.
So now comes the questions – should you learn swimming all by yourself or you should hire a coach. Before I share my thoughts – let me tell you in either cases one thing is most important. And that is your enrollment. Not just in some muster or register. But within yourself, you should be emotionally, physically and spiritually charged to learn the new skill.
The Importance of Coach
If you are on the fence if you should hire a coach then just go for it. I personally didn’t hired the coach, my friend hired one. I assumed that I could just watch them do their stuff and I would do the same.
Or I could just ask my friend and learn it. And although my friend shared the tricks and tactics, I missed the hand holding by the coach.
When you are in water, it is a great comfort that someone says I am here. The coach used to help him with a stick to catch. And here I was on my own, trying to do things – overcome my fear.
If I were to learn a new skill and I could afford it then I will hire a coach who is reputed and reviewed highly. Being with a coach accelerates your success by a magnitude. And many times, stories and life lessons are learnt by their personal anecdotes. So a coach is the backbone and engine of your success. Let him accelerate you fast than you can ever on your own.
On Your Own
I learnt swimming on my own. Yes, I eavesdropped on the coaches of others, watched tonnes of YouTube videos and had to motivate myself because there was no to push.
But I did got the skill of swimming in approximately 1 year, my friend learnt it in around 7 months. Although everyone’s pace is different – I could have cut at least 2 months and lots of stress if I had hired a coach.
So in nutshell, it is possible to learn any skill – swimming too on your own. But you are your own coach. So you need to do a lot of research and keep track of your performance. If you don’t mind the time and the work it needs then go ahead and learn swimming on your own. But always in safe situations i.e, in presence of lifeguards and in shallow water first.
For rest of you, it would be wise to invest in a coach. Regardless, I believe in you. So give your best. The feeling of being able to swim is beyond heaven.