Why Should Adults In Dubai Learn How To Swim?

Learning to swim in Dubai is a life saving skill but it’s more than that. Swimming is great for your social life and your fitness levels too. We asked a professional swimming coach in Dubai why all adults should learn to swim.
why adults in Dubai should learn how to swim

Adults In Dubai - Why Is Learning To Swim Important At Any Age?

No matter what age you are, adults in Dubai do need to learn how to swim.

It’s not just a safety thing (although this is a very good reason to learn), swimming can provide so many other benefits too.

Whether you are 20, 30 or even 70 finding a swimming coach in Dubai is a great idea to help you learn the basics and when you are ready improve on your swimming skills.

With the help of Dubai swimming coaches this article will provide you with some great tips and advice about why learning to swim is so important.

Table Of Contents

Firstly, What Are The Reasons Why Many Adults In Dubai Can't Swim?

If you’re reading this article because you can’t swim you’re not alone.

There are many different reasons why adults can’t swim. One of the main reasons is a fear of water as a child. Having a fear of water at an early age is not uncommon.

However, many parents don’t realise that a professional swimming coach is qualified to help kids overcome this fear.

A fear of water will probably decrease with age but that’s not the case for everyone. Some people have this same fear well into adulthood.

But, for adults and children alike a fear of water is usually something you can easily overcome. The main problem might be the feeling of being ‘left alone’ in water and not necessarily a fear of the water itself.

Embarrassed that you can’t swim as an adult is another reason. Being embarrassed isn’t a nice feeling which is why many adults simply don’t discuss the fact that they can’t swim. Or they simply avoid situations where the topic or activity might arise (going to the pool or beach for example)

But, there really is nothing to be embarrassed about. I personally can’t play tennis, compete in a triathlon or play golf but I don’t feel embarrassed about it.

Swimming Is A Life Saving Skill

What Are The Main Reasons Why Adults Should Learn How To Swim In Dubai?

Lets take a look at some of the main reasons why adults of all ages, both male and female, need to learn how to swim and be confident in the water.


Reason 1 – Your Safety

Swimming is a valuable life skill that many of us learn as children. However, not learning how to swim as a child is nothing to be embarrassed about.

According to a study by The Red Cross Red Cross  almost half American adults either can’t swim or have very limited skills in the water.

Although we couldn’t find any comparable statistics for the UAE it’s a good bet that the figures for adults who can’t swim in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates are quite high too.

From a safety point of view adults need to learn how to swim. To put it bluntly, if you fell in the water for some reason and no-one was there to help this poses a life threatening situation.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t learn and this applies to any age. Using the excuse that you are too old really doesn’t work when it comes to swimming.

Safety in the water is about being confident and able to save yourself (or someone else) if you need to. It doesn’t mean you need to be an Olympic class swimmer, just intermediate swimming skills.


Reason 2 – It’s Fun


Something as simple as learning to swim in Dubai can make a great difference to your social life.

That might sound strange at first but consider this. Taking a trip to the beach or maybe a water park is so much fun for everyone.

But, if you can’t swim it’s not the same – you can’t necessarily join in the fun or may even be afraid to do so.

If you are an adult parent who can’t swim you might even find it difficult to allow your kids to join in the fun because of your lack of swimming (and therefore lifesaving) skills.

Learning to swim in Dubai either with a group or private lessons means you will soon be able to enjoy water based activities as much as everyone else.  And, it really isn’t that difficult to learn to be a confident swimmer.


Reason 3 – Swimming Is Great For Fitness


There are very few exercise methods that can match swimming when it comes to combining low impact exercise with all around cardio fitness.

The beauty of swimming for fitness is that you can tailor it to your own specific needs.

Cardio Fitness – Swimming gives you a great cardio workout which is much more fun than other methods of cardio training. The more you do the more you will benefit but even gentle swimming a couple of times a week will really help

Weight Loss – For all adults (of any age) swimming can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. While it might not be as good as a crossfit workout for shedding a few pounds for many adults swimming will be more enjoyable for most

Endurance – Building up your endurance levels can be tough. Some people enjoy running but during the heat of the summer in Dubai this can be difficult. Swimming in the sea or a climate controlled pool is ideal. And, the more laps you do the more your endurance levels will increase

Swim Fit Classes – Swimming fitness classes like water aerobics and others are hugely popular in Dubai. If you have a fear of water which is preventing you from learning to swim you’re missing out on fun ways to get fit

How Much Time Does It Take To Learn How To Swim In Dubai?

Learning to swim in Dubai can be so easy. Whether you want to learn on your own with private swimming lessons or join a group of others at a similar level to you it’s surprising how quickly you can pick up the basics.

Under the guidance of a professional coach you can probably go from being a complete novice to an intermediate swimmer in as little as 20 – 30 hours.

This is an approximate figure and does depend on a number of things.

Your age isn’t a factor when it comes to learning the basics of different swim strokes.

People often say that children learn faster but this doesn’t apply to swimming. In fact, many adults are more dedicated to learning and that drive and determination really does count in their favour.

Being challenged Motivational Quote - UAE Personal Trainers

Which Is Best - Private Swimming Lessons Or Group Training?

Whether to take private swimming lessons with a personal trainer/coach in Dubai or join a group swimming class is really down to your own personal preference.


Private swimming lessons benefits


  1. Focused attention – hiring a private coach isn’t expensive when you consider that you can go from being a complete beginner to learning the basics in a short period of time. A 1-2-1 swimming personal trainer will focus 100% of their time and attention on you.
  2. Faster learning – because your trainer will be working with just you during your coaching session you will learn faster which means you could become a competent swimmer in less time.
  3. Fear of water – if you have a fear of water which is stopping you from learning to swim then a private coach is definitely the best option.

    As a professional they are trained in various techniques which can help both adults and kids overcome their fear of water. This in turn helps them feel more comfortable and confident.

  4. Privacy – if you feel embarrassed that you can’t swim or would simply just like to train in private then 1-2-1 coaching in ideal.
  5. Male or Female coach – Private swimming lessons in Dubai also mean you can choose whether you would feel more comfortable training with a male or female coach.

Group swimming lessons benefits


  1. Cheaper – taking your swimming lessons as part of a larger group will often be cheaper than hiring a 1-2-1 coach.
  2. Fun atmosphere – while learning to swim is serious there is no reason the class can’t have a fun element too. Classes with like minded men and women are often more fun and more motivating too. This is because everyone tends to encourage each other
  3. Ladies only – classes can be mixed but there are many locations and coaches in Dubai who will provide a ‘ladies only’ option.

    This is ideal if you would prefer to train with a group of women for cultural or other reasons.

What Will I Learn In A Swimming Lesson?

How the lesson is structured will be different from one coach to another. However, all of them will teach you the basic elements of swimming, this includes:

  • Water safety techniques
  • Being and feeling safe in the water
  • Confidence building
  • Different swimming strokes (breaststroke, front crawl, backstroke)
    Using swimming aids like floats and hoops

Advanced swimming lessons for adults in Dubai will also include life saving, diving techniques, sea swimming and more.

How Much Does It Cost To Learn How To Swim?

The price of swimming lessons or private training in Dubai does vary. Private coaching will of course be more when compared to group swimming lessons.

Many swimming coaches in Dubai will also offer some great discounts on the price when you book a set number of sessions. This is a great idea because it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to swim confidently in just one session.

Many trainers will also offer out of season discounts.

In Summary.....

Finding a local male or female swimming coach in your local area of Dubai is easy with the UAE Personal Trainers website. We’ve included a couple of links below for you.

If you would prefer to join a swimming class you can also find class listing on the link below.

Swimming Coaches In Dubai For Adults

Dubai Swimming Coach For Children - Manuela
Whether you want to learn to swim in Dubai or get fit from aqua body toning, Manuela can help. She is qualified to provide private and group swimming classes for Adults, Kids and seniors. All of her swimming coaching programs are tailored to your level and ability.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming Lessons For Kids, Swimming For Adults, Swim Fit Exercise, Stroke Correction, Cardio Conditioning.....
I Can Train: Men, Women & Children
Swimming coach in Dubai for adults and children - Marwan
Private and group swimming lessons in Dubai for all levels with Coach Marwan. At home swimming classes and other locations throughout Dubai for adults, children and seniors.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming For Beginners, Advanced Swimming, Swimming For Fitness, Endurance Training
I Can Train: Men, Women, Children
Swimming Lessons In Dubai For Adults And Children - Coach Akhil
At home swimming lessons in Dubai and also Sharjah for all ages and all levels from beginner to advanced. Aquatic therapy in Dubai for rehabilitation and for seniors who have acute and chronic pain.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming lessons for kids, swimming coaching for adults, swimming for fitness, water confidence, stroke correction.....
I Can Train: Men, Women & Children
Dubai Swimming Personal Trainer Barzan
Learn to swim at home, your local pool or open water in Dubai. Well-structured lessons for all ages and all abilities from beginners to advanced. Stroke correction and swimming for fitness.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming lessons for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced, Swimming lessons for Children, Swimming Lessons for Teenagers,
I Can Train: Men, Women & Children
Female Swimming Coach In Dubai For Children - Linnet
Learning to swim in Dubai or Sharjah doesn't need to be difficult. Linnet is a professional swim coach who will help you learn basic or advanced swimming techniques. She can also provide swimming fitness classes including aqua aerobics.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming Lessons, Aqua Fitness, Stroke Correction, Swimming Classes For Kids.....
I Can Train: Men, Women & Children
Dubai female swimming coach for adults and children - alisa
Alisa is a female swimming coach in Dubai. She is available for swimming lessons for adults and children (10 +). Learn the basics of swimming or improve on your swim stroke. Alisa can also provide swimming for fitness classes near you.
UAE Location:Dubai
Coaching Experience: Swimming Lessons, Swimming For Kids, Swimming For Fitness, Stroke Correction.....
I Can Train: Adults, Kids (10 +)

Find the best male or female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman or RAK.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Each personal trainer profile page includes a quick contact form. You can contact the coach direct and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

Use the filter options on the page below to closely match your training goals with the right coach and even select to show male, female or all personal trainers. 

The price for personal training in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and RAK can be found on the personal trainer profile page. Each coach has their own price information and training fees. When you contact a PT they will provide full details about price, discounts and promotions. 

All personal trainers listed on the UAE Personal Trainers website will provide a free fitness consultation to get a better understanding of your health and fitness goals. 

Freelance personal trainers and fitness companies provide PT at home, your gym, outdoors. Online personal training is also an option for many coaches and their clients.