It’s no secret that being in the water is one activity children love to partake in. On a hot summer day, swimming is a great way to keep your children active and keep them cool. During the chillier months, families can visit indoor pools, which helps keep children active when they can’t engage in as much physical play due to the weather. Even though swimming is a fun activity for children, it can be very dangerous. Research shows that children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates and that most drownings occur in home swimming pools. Families are encouraged to be proactive and make sure they are taking the appropriate precautions when it comes to water safety.
One way families can help prevent accidental injuries and help promote water safety is to enroll their child in swimming lessons. Participating in swimming lessons will not only teach your child the skills they will need to become a stronger swimmer, but will also give them experience in the water. The lessons your children will learn will also teach them basic water safety rules to follow and what they need to do if they accidentally fall in the water or find themselves pulled into too deep of water in the ocean.
Many families will be surprised to learn there are even more benefits to swimming lessons other than for the safety reasons.
Fitness All Year Round – Swimming is a great way for children to participate in physical activity and get their hearts pumping! It is also a low impact activity, so it puts less strain on joints than other forms of exercise and physical play. Children can also take swimming less throughout the year, even in the winter months when children are usually indoors and don’t participate in as much exercise as they do during the warmer months.
Physical Health – Participating in any type of physical activity helps prevent childhood obesity, which research shows can cause many different health issues later in a child’s life. Activities that get your child’s heart pumping are great for building up their endurance. Swimming not only helps build endurance but also improves a child’s strength, flexibility, balance and posture.
Mental & Emotional Health – Swimming can also improve a child’s mental and emotional health. Because of the low-intensity of the activity, many people find swimming to be relaxing and enjoyable, which helps boosts your overall mood. Swimming lessons can be done individually, but they can also be done in a group setting, which provides children with a place to socialize and meet new friends. Children are able to work together to help each other learn new swimming techniques or participate in water games or activities that are fun and challenging. Children also feel better about themselves when they are learning. Swimming lessons can help boost a child’s confidence as they reach new milestones in their lessons. This feeling will translate to other aspects of their lives and keep them confident and motivated in other areas of their lives.
Swimming is more than just a fun pastime to enjoy during the summer months. By signing up your child for swimming lessons, children are not only taking part in a fun, physical activity, but they are also learning important lessons about water safety.
What other benefits do you love that swimming lessons provide your children?