CRANFORD, NJ - For the second year in a row, April has been declared “Adult Learn-To-Swim Month” by the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of U. S. Masters Swimming. The Cranford Pool & Fitness Center, and Cranford Masters Swimming, are supporting this event by offering an adult Learn-To-Swim Fest on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on a drop-in basis. The event is free to anyone 18 and over who wants to learn to swim, or swim better. Customized instruction will be conducted by experienced and certified facility instructors.   Want to get more out of your laps or improve your technique?  Thinking about trying a triathlon or an open-water swim? Cranford Masters members and coaches will be on hand to help you through a basic workout.  

Water is a versatile medium that can provide a gentle and supportive environment for the handicapped, present a high-level challenge to an experienced athlete, and everything in between. But it can be dangerous to the uninitiated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool. This puts them at risk of drowning when in or near a body of water. That fact becomes significant when one considers how many people in New Jersey use pools and state parks as primary recreation destinations. And how many more go to the shore?  Every day, 10 people drown in the United States. 8 of these are adults. For this reason, the governors of five states, including New Jersey, have endorsed the Learn-To-Swim initiative. 

Many adults make sure their children learn to swim, but they themselves do not. Many adults who can’t swim will go boating, thinking the boat will keep them safe. Many are afraid of the water, or nervous about looking silly in front of others. Young adult beginners don’t want to be put in classes with children, or don’t want to admit that they can’t swim. This is the perfect opportunity to overcome all these scenarios, to learn with others in the same “boat” in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This is the perfect opportunity to do something for yourself, to start an exercise program that can last a lifetime, to learn a skill that can be beneficial in so many ways. Studies show that swimming has a positive effect on high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, depression, strength, and balance. A new study this year out of Australia showed that swimmers over age 70 had fewer falls than participants in any other exercise program, including walking.

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U. S. Masters Swimming is an adult-oriented, national organization encompassing all levels of swimmers from beginner to national competitor, from fitness swimmer to open water swimmer. The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation helps fund and promote adult learn-to-swim programs throughout the country. Its mission is to reduce the number of drowning incidences and introduce the physical and emotional benefits of swimming to adults who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

The Cranford Indoor Pool conducts regularly scheduled adult lessons on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30pm for members and non-members. Call the pool at 908-709-7260 to register. Registration for the Learn-To-Swim Fest is helpful, but not required. Drop-ins are welcome. Dial ext. 2300 at the above number for a manager, or ext. 2307 for Sally for information on Masters swimming or the Fest. Be sure to bring a friend or a family member for a fun and informative evening.