Everyone understands swimming is a healthy sport in many aspects and effective in preventing drowning. However, the paradox is that until now there are still many people who cannot swim and are not ready to learn how to swim! (permission to ignore those who do not have access to the swimming pool). So I am writing this article for those who still HESITATE or DO NOT WANT to learn how to swim, because really if someone does not want to learn how to swim, even if the government calls or encourages the entire population to learn how to swim, they only at home!
So that, what you should tell those people? Let’s go through this article to find out!
First of all, I want to say that swimming is an indispensable skill right now. To talk about this, we need to go a little deeper into basic motor skills, life skills, and survival skills.
This is a set of skills involving various body parts such as head, body, arms and legs as “building blocks” for more specialized and complex skills. Children will need throughout life to competently participate in various games, sports and entertainment. Currently, countries organize for children to learn basic motor skills for both environments: terrestrial and underwater. On land there is a skill set for balancing, running, jumping, throwing, catching …
Underwater, there is a skill set on how to enter and leave the water, float and balance, turn and navigate, stream, breathe under the water and move under the water. These basic motor skills are like the 1st and 2nd-grade knowledge, they must learn to read, write, add, subtract, multiply, and divide fundamentally in order to not get “ swimming “in the sea of knowledge. As for the basic motor skills, who know enough, they will not be “fumbling about” and will be more comfortable in all physical activities in the future.
According to the Oxford dictionary: “A life skill is a necessary or worthy skill to fully participate in everyday life”. According to this concept, any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill.
As a result, people will likely have a different list of skills they deem most essential in life and those they deem unnecessary. In other words, the list of essential life skills will vary from person to person. So is swimming considered an essential life skill for everyone?
Different life skills will more or less relate to different times in your life. When you study at school, when going to work, when you get married, when you start a company … you all need different kinds of skills.
Different life skills will also more or less related to different times of society. Previously, unable to read or write was considered illiterate. Currently, students who do not know English, computers are considered illiterate! Previously, entertainment and entertainment conditions were framed in simple folk games (dragons snake up the clouds, crocodiles go ashore, blindfolded goats…). Today, entertainment stretches from the clouds (online games), down to the ground and down to the water (water parks, water games …). Before, the rain was favorable and windy. Today, climate change, erratic rain and winds, constant floods and storms. And with that different social conditions, the skills needed also have to change.
According to Maslow’s Needs Tower, safety is one of the most basic needs, second only to common physiological needs such as eating, drinking, sleeping, and rest. Therefore, in the second stage “safe with water”, swimming is also considered a must-have survival skill. Survival skills are techniques that a person can use to sustain life in any kind of natural or built environment; Often associated with the need to survive in a disaster situation.
If drowning is a disaster, knowing how to swim safely is the best survival skill you can have. Skills such as lying on their back, standing in water, swimming sideways and swimming frog are survival mechanisms designed to assist swimmers to relax, save energy and move through the water effectively in unfamiliar underwater situations. Swimming is seen around the world as an important skill that everyone learns as part of the Personal Safety Toolkit.
We can contact this type of life insurance. Life insurance is literally a form of buying peace of mind for a health and life risk that is likely to occur by getting financial compensation back. Insurance does not help to avoid risks, only provides financial assistance to the person in distress or the family of the victim. Insurance does not protect the health and life of the insurance buyer.
Swimming, on the contrary, has a protective effect on the health and life of the practitioner. If practiced regularly, swimming can protect the health and life of the lifelong practitioner. The practitioner who buys swimming tickets to the pool is not about buying peace of mind for the risk, but about buying risk mitigation with his own efforts.
However, swimming has a similarity with insurance is precaution with risks can happen from… very far. Because of such “long-distance precaution”, many people do not take insurance seriously and do not want to practice swimming because they hope that risks may not happen to them. The plus point of swimming compared to insurance is that during such remote prevention, swimming creates a lot of added value for the practitioner.
Therefore, if you are still wondering, hesitating to learn to swim or not, read more this article to understand how beneficial swimming is!