The health benefits of swimming are widely known. For older adults it's a great way to exercise without impact, improving strength and fitness without pain. But not everyone had the opportunity to learn to swim as a child, and may feel intimidated. On top of that, swimming pools have not always been safe for BIPOC.
We recently spoke with Bill Brenner, COO of U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) about this and about USMS efforts to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn to swim. He explains that, with members whose ages range from 18 to 100 and older, coaches train with a focus on safety and diversity and inclusion. And community-led efforts like their Adult Learn to Swim Program are helping to change the tide and make pools and swimming available for everyone to enjoy throughout their lives.