Jan 20, 2011
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It is deep winter now, and most of us live where it is cold, windy, snowy and icy outdoors. Some people like to ski, hike or sled outside in the elements, and those of us who love the winter can keep in shape over the cold months. But even those of us who don’t like the cold need to find some way to exercise in the wintertime.

How about a swim?

Swimming extends health benefits to people of all ages and abilities. Those who like to do conditioning exercises will find that water aerobics classes offer conditioning with little joint impact. Swimming is a great way to let off stress after work, or to prepare for competition. People find that their muscles are strengthened and they develop greater lung capacity by swimming, and the pool offers a great place to meet new people and socialize.

With so many benefits and such a wide range of activities offered, it is no wonder that swimming is so popular in the United States.

Check out these resources compiled by Susan Ostby and Jennifer Skulski of the University of Indiana (  and see if you, too, can get in the swim!


American Red Cross
Count on the American Red Cross for the best training on how to be safe in, on, and around the water! The American Red Cross has been the leader in swimming and life guarding since 1914.

Aquatics International
Founded in 1989, Aquatics International is the only publication devoted exclusively to the commercial and public swimming pool industries. The magazine provides detailed information on designing, building, maintaining, promoting, managing, programming and outfitting aquatics facilities.

Disabled Sports USA
A nation-wide network of community-based chapters offering a variety of recreation programs. Each chapter sets its own agenda and activities.

National Ability Center
The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment.

United States Aquatic Association of the Deaf (USAAD)
Fosters national and international aquatic competitions

USA Swimming: Adapted Programs
Information on including a swimmer with a disability in your club, national and international meets, disabled sports organizations, and a historical perspective of major competitions.

Working to meet the health and social service needs of people of all faiths, races abilities, ages and incomes.

Author: Tanya