Don’t know how to swim? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. The Red Cross of America recently conducted a survey that revealed that roughly 65 million Americans have never learned how.

Here’s the good news: learning how to swim is possible at any age, at it can be a blast. To help encourage more people to head out and hit the water in 2017, we’re counting down the top 5 reasons why you should make learning how to swim a priority.

1. Stay in fantastic shape.  

In today’s technology-driven modern world, an increasing number of people are finding that getting the recommended amount of daily exercise can be difficult — and let’s face it, running on a treadmill in the gym isn’t exactly the most entertaining way of getting this done. Making the effort to learn how to swim now could improve your quality of life for years to come.

2. Swimming can be a lifelong hobby.

Many other popular forms of high-contact exercise can become difficult in the later years of life — swimming is unique because it doesn’t place the same stress on the joints that activities such as running, weight lifting, or biking can.

3. Get competitive!

Competitive swimming is increasingly popular in the US, so why not try out a new sport and get in touch with your competitive side?

4. Have fun.

Learning to swim can be a blast! Investing a bit of time and hard work now can pay off big time by developing into a lifelong passion.

5. Learning to swim could save a life.

Each and every day, roughly ten people die of drowning in the United States alone. Learning how to swim could help you save a life — and the life you save could even be your own.

Bonus reason #6: Enjoy fun in the sun at Saco River Camping Area!

Check out our unique and exciting facilities at Saco River Camping Area and you’ll be dying to learn how to swim!