Things to take to your first adult swimming lesson.

Things to take to your first adult swimming lesson.

Swimwear. This may be a swimming costume, trunks, shorts, t-shirt and/or leggings. Check with your pool to see if there are any guidelines on what swimwear is permitted. It is advisable when learning to swim to make sure swimwear is as close fitting as possible.

Towel. A towel is essential for drying off after your swim, but if you are nervous about walking around the poolside in your swimwear, it is a good idea to bring a towelling robe to cover up and keep warm.

Swimming cap. Swimming caps are particularly useful for those with longer hair, as they not only keep the hair out of the face, but also will reduce ‘drag’ so make swimming that bit easier.

Goggles. Although not essential, wearing swimming goggles is highly recommended for adult learners. It is one of the things to take to your first adult swimming lesson that will help encourage better technique, as well as protecting your eyes from chlorinated water.

Toiletries. The chlorine and other chemicals used in the swimming pool can leave skin and hair a bit dry, so make sure you remember your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturiser and any other toiletries you may need.

Hairbrush. For those with longer hair, bringing hair clips or hair bands is an idea if you are planning to swim without a cap, and don’t forget a hair brush for glamming-up post-swim too.

Flip flops or poolside shoes. You may not consider it one of the things to take to your first adult swimming lesson but if you don’t fancy going barefoot, or have concerns about slipping on poolside, pack some flip flops for your walk from the changing rooms to the pool.

Water bottle. Learning to swim is a form of exercise. When you swim it’s important to keep hydrated. In a pool you won’t notice how much you sweat and therefore how much water you lose. Remember to bring a water bottle, keep it on the side of the pool and take regular sips throughout the lesson.