Things to take to your first adult swimming lesson

  1. 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.
  2. Towel and robe. 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 toweling robe to cover up and keep warm.
  3. 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.
  4. Goggles. Although not essential, wearing swimming goggles is highly recommended by swimming teachers 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.
  5. 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, moisturizer and any other toiletries you may need.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Locker coins. Some pools allow you to bring your bag on to the poolside, but at others there are lockers which usually require coins. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the locker to find out you need a one pound coin or a token, and having to shuffle back to the reception for change. Probably worth calling ahead first to ask the receptionist what you need for the lockers.
  9. 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.
  10. Snack for after the lesson. Pack a small snack such as a banana for straight after your swim. This will help to replace energy burnt during the lesson, while reducing the risk of raiding the vending machines post-swim 🙂