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Learn to swim and/or improve stroke technique and your endurance with the AquaSkillsⓇ method, a unique integration of the skills of Adrian Ginju, a former member of the Romanian Olympic Swim Team, and Lori Pailet, a professional Aquatic Exercise instructor (AEA) and American Red Cross certified to deliver ultimately responsible swim classes. Established in 2004, AquaSkills is a highly successful private Swim School located in Lower Manhattan, and a leader in swim education throughout NYC. We conduct private and semi-private swimming classes in an exclusive heated pool. We teach adults at all levels and ages, as well as children from the age of 4+. A trial class is suggested for placement.

A Skill for Life: Learning to swim is a life skill that can come in very useful throughout one's life. Swimming is not only a great way to keep fit, it is also a requirement for various professions (i.e. the emergency services). Along with being a life saving skill, swimming can make a whole range of interesting water sports accessible, such as surfing, kayaking or water polo.

Swimming Tips & Benefits:

- Learn to swim correctly:  To reap all of the benefits of swimming, it is essential that you swim correctly. It is wise to invest in professional swim instruction, and it is important to have a trial session with your instructor. Remember, as with all relationships, there needs to be a good understanding!

- Swimming for Kids:  Children love the water as a rule, and it is essential that they learn to swim and cope with the water for safety reasons. Their early exposure to swimming lessons must be with a gentle approach to encourage enjoyment. A talented instructor will build the child's confidence and trust and teach them through games of guided discovery.

Learning to swim is also an important preventative measure towards drowning (one of the highest causes of accidental death in children worldwide). If children are taught the skills that will ensure their safety in and around water, it greatly helps to reduce the likelihood of such accidents.

- Swimming for Seniors:  Baby boomers should all be swimming a few times a week. Swimming should be a part of their exercise routine as it improves flexibility and range of motion. For people with early signs of arthritis, or all kinds of body and joint aches, this sporty activity will give you a workout that will not impact your joints.

- Swim to improve your health:  Swimming is one of the best overall work-outs for the entire body and uses all of the major muscle groups. It improves your overall cardiovascular system, and boots up the circulatory system which will help your body eliminate toxins which helps to prevent disease.

- Swim in the morning to jump-start your metabolism:  Early-morning swimming keeps your metabolism elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours. That means that you are burning more calories all day long JUST because you exercised in the morning. Many people find that early morning exercise "regulates" their appetite for the day - and they eat less.

Getting Started: The 3 most popular swimming strokes are Front Crawl, Breast Stroke and Back Stroke. When learning to swim it is important to practice as often as possible. This will build up your confidence in the water. Learning to swim can become fun by participating in swimming lessons, it is also much easier to learn with the aid of a qualified instructor. Swimming lessons are available in most communities through private gymnasiums and programs such as the American Red Cross, Swim America, public schools, YMCAs, and sports clubs.

When starting out, most instructors provide floatation equipment, this is a good idea as you will be able to focus on your stroke technique without worrying about staying afloat. Choose floatation equipment that does not restrict your arm and leg movements and do not rely upon the equipment to keep you afloat in deep water, it is only to be used as a swimming aid. If you start using inflatable flotation equipment, try deflating the device bit by bit as your skills improve. Soon you will find you don't need the equipment any more.

Different Strokes:
Lesson 1 - Breaststroke
Lesson 2 - Freestyle,  Front Crawl Stroke
Lesson 3 - Back Crawl Stroke

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