While many of us are tempted to skip swimming lessons in winter, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and Kingswim ambassador Shayna Jack, says keeping up swimming through winter is anything but optional!
Shayna has been braving the chilly weather every day to train a huge nine times per week. She says the only reason for missing a session is if she’s unwell, however with such a fit and strong immune system, even getting sick is a rarity.
While Shayna needs to train several times a week to keep up her competitive edge, she says her training routine isn’t too different to any child learning to swim.
“Just like learning to swim, consistency and commitment is the key to being a successful professional swimmer,” she says.
“The biggest difference between my training now and when I was younger is the increased intensity and race-specific drills. However, my routine of consistent swimming has never changed.
“The worst part of missing a training session is that I can feel out of touch with the water, which is why it’s so important Kingswim kids don’t stop their lessons over winter!
“Keeping up lessons over the cold months ensures kids build and maintain safety skills, confidence and their feel for the water come summer.
“In addition to being well prepared for a summer full of pool parties and beach days, learning to swim can help reduce kids’ fear of trying new things and build their confidence more generally, which is especially important for school-aged children.”
Always a water baby, Shayna was already swimming seven to eight times a week from 10 years old. However, she says for most kids, swimming one to two times per week is a great way to quickly build skill and confidence.