“Swimming is as much about what’s happening inside as what we are seeing on the outside,” says Earl Walton, the global director of training and coaching at triathlon company IRONMAN. The mental focus you need to keep yourself afloat is a lot like getting yourself through life.
“Even strong swimmers should always have a buddy around,” Walton says. Whether you're in the ocean or your local pool, make sure there's someone around you when you take a dip for safety. You can also learn new strokes and techniques from your swimming community.