How to get started



Want to learn swimming or looking for a swimming pool to go to and swim at? Don’t know where to start? Well read on this is the right place!

Here are some tips for you to go through and help you on your way :

  1. Look for the nearest Public Swimming Pool near you house.
  2. Look for an Instructor/Coach that will suit your needs and make sure he/she is qualified to teach.
  3. Check out the place, is it clean. Are the staff nice people.
  4. Get proper swim attire and equipment.
  5. What are the costs that i am going to spend on this swimming course?

1 – Look for the nearest Public Swimming Pool near you house

Pick a swimming pool that is near your place and easy to go to. Check out the parking lot as well some swimming pools have parking lots that you have to pay for.

2 – Look for an Instructor/Coach that will suit your needs and make sure he/she is qualified to teach.

Picking the right trainer is very important, you do want to learn from a qualified and professional trainer. Most coaches in Malaysia are accredited to ASUM and will hold a lifesaving certificate from PPKM. Make sure your trainer is qualified by these two bodies or similar/related bodies. This will ensure that proper teaching techniques are applied on you or any other student.

3 – Check out the place, is it clean. Are the staff nice people.

Make sure you like the place and the staff at the swimming pool are nice and helpful. Whats facilities do they have there and are all facilities available for use. Make sure the changing rooms are well taken care of and not left dirty for too long. Talk to the lifeguards and ask them what you want to know about the swimming pool. They are there everyday they know it better than most people.

4 - Get proper swim attire and equipment

Make sure before you start that you have your swim attire ready. Most public swimming pools in Malaysia wont allow you to swim in short or trousers and t-shirts of any kind. The reason is all the fabric of the clothing worn will break off and will eventually end up in the filters. And believe me there is a lot of broken up fabric and hair in the filters. And most swimming pools it will be compulsory to wear a swim cap for the same reason.

What should i wear then? For men it will be easy Either tights or trunks. For the women there is a whole range of swim wear available on the market. With all different shapes, sizes and designs. And most of these swim wear are made out of Lycra the most recommendable material to wear during your swimming pool visits.

Equipment; Kick boards, Fins/Flippers, Pull Buoy and Paddles mainly the basic equipment needed in order to help you in your learning process. Equipment is mainly used for drills, to improve certain components of the stroke. It is an aid for you to help you with the improvement of you stroke/skill.

What should i buy first? if your a total beginner just buy a kick board first that will be enough for your first few sessions, and always ask your coach to recommend you what to buy.

Where to buy my swim attire and equipment; most shopping malls will have a sport shop with available swim wear and equipment, and most department stores they will have a swimming section as well

5 - What are the costs that i am going to spend on this swimming course?

There are always costs involved if you want to learn something. Like going to tuition classes there is a fee involved. With swimming there is as well. Do take note that swimming is a technique based activity and need to be taught in order for you to swim properly with the correct technique. So there is an investment involved, but it will be worth it.

List of things that will cost you

Swimming attire + swimming course = a good investment