It doesn’t matter if you’re an elite athlete or just flopping about from one end of the beach to the other, a swimmer knows their session doesn’t ride on just one stroke, one tumble-turn, one breath.”
Only a swimmer knows the feeling.
The weightlessness glory of gliding through the water. It’s unlike any experience in the world.
And for most of us – it’s free. In every sense of the word.
It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it at the world’s cleanest beach or in the lane of your local pool, there’s something perfectly peaceful about soaring through the water.
Courtney Bartholomew is a Swimming World College Intern at the University of Virginia and credits swimming for better preparing her for the real world.
So just how does swimming make someone a better human?
1. A swimmer doesn’t hold grudges. They just get on with it.
Swimmers have the unique ability to move on. They don’t sweat the small stuff.
Water that’s a ‘bit fresh’, sand, sticky post-swim clothes, wet hair – none of it is an issue.
None of it phases the swimmer because it’s all about one thing …
2. A swimmer thinks with their head.
Non-swimmers might think that people take the plunge for their physical health. Sure. But the best thing about immersing in a body of water is what it does for the brain.
A push-off the sand or the back of a pool puts a swimmer ahead of the rest. Problems, thoughts, grievances: almost literally washed away.
Because it’s the only truly perfect way to …
3. A swimmer knows how to switch off from the world and be in the moment.
There are very few other sports that completely cut you off from technology. Swimmers know how to take a real break from their phones, the computer … and beyond.
It’s hard to be hassled in the depths of the blue. Under the water, surrounded by bubbles, no one can hear buses roaring past, their whinging toddler, a snappy boss or pointless phone pings.