Get Your Feet Wet!

When was the last time you learned a new skill? Once you hit adulthood, it isn't the easiest thing. Depending on the feat, it might even be scary to try. 

This past winter I learned to ski. Notice I didn't say, "I learned to ski well." But I learned to ski. I've lived in Colorado for fifteen years, but I never had the slightest interest in spending a lot of money to be cold, terrified and possibly injured. The first day of ski lessons went poorly. The second day made the first day look like it had gone well. But on the third day, something clicked. I got off the lift a few times without falling. I turned a few times. I fell down and got back up ALL BY MYSELF. What made the difference? I had help! From my partner and from my instructor, who quite literally held my hand on the scariest parts of the slope.

Did you know that the library will (metaphorically) hold your hand as you embark on a new skill? You have a wealth of free learning materials at your fingertips, at the library and on our website. We'll even help you find classes around the metro area.

Skiing is a few months off, but maybe you'd like to improve your swimming this summer, or learn to swim for the first time. Although I've been swimming since I was a kid, I took an adult class a few years ago to improve my technique. The class had a mix of abilities, with some folks getting in the water for the first time. Their bravery was inspirational! The library has instructional swimming books and movies for everyone, whether you identify more as a guppy or a shark (or a dog, apparently). Here are a few titles to get you started. 

The Science Behind Swimming, Diving, and Other Water Sports

Teaching Swimming Fundamentals

Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier

Swimming: Steps to Success

Becoming a Champion Swimmer: Freestyle (DVD)

Fitness Swimming: Understanding the Basics. (DVD)

Of course, at some point you'll have to actually get your proverbial (and in this case, literal) feet wet. Although we can't review or recommend every possibility, we can find help you discover your options for learning new skills around town.

For swimming, Denver Parks and Recreation pools are convenient to many Denver neighborhoods. Start at the Activities & Programs search page, and search for "swim lessons." On the results page, you can use the options in the left hand column to find classes by age group, date or location. Various levels of classes are offered, including for adult beginners. 

The YMCA of Metro Denver is another option for swim lessons for all ages and abilities. Learn about the options, then choose your local Y and click on the appropriate level to register.

The next time you want to try your hand at a new hobby, sport, language or other skill, the library is here to help! Just Ask Us or call Reference Services at 720-865-1363!  

See you at the pool!

Written by Hillary on June 7, 2018


SuzanneK on June 9, 2018


It's great to learn new tricks! Gotta keep the brain energized!

Dahlia Bayoumi on June 10, 2018


This is such an awesome service!! Thanks!

GenineP on June 19, 2018


Great post, Hillary! I also really liked Steven Shaw's Master the Art of Swimming book. It's for anyone who wants to improve their swimming, but it helped me as an adult newbie really understand the physics of flotation and how to move more efficiently underwater.