For many children, swim lessons offer one of the most enjoyable achievement-based activities of childhood. As a parent, you love that swim lessons encourage your child to be active and to spend time outdoors.
But did you know that the foundation of swim lessons, coupled with regular swimming in an at-home pool, can contribute to your child’s success throughout his or her life? Here are seven benefits that most children experience when they learn to swim early in their lives and continue to swim as they mature.
1. Boosts Confidence
Learning swim strokes does more than help your child cross the pool-it also gives him or her opportunities to learn about his or her innate strengths, fears, and emotions. Many children feel wary about putting their faces in the water initially. Choosing to face that fear and learning how to use his or her body to achieve a desired result can give your child confidence in all areas.
2. Contributes to Academic Performance
Several studies show a connection between swimming at a young age and high-quality academic performance. Swimmers tend to reach developmental and academic milestones before their peers. Additionally, the problem solving required by swimming helps children learn classroom concepts more quickly.
3. Creates Friendships and Cultivates Teamwork
If your child swims as part of a group or team, he or she is more likely to learn important social cues, build friendships, and participate in group efforts. Swimming offers athletes the opportunity to improve their personal performance while working as part of a team. This concept can help your child work better with groups within your home, at school, and at work in the future.
4. Encourages Lifelong Wellness
As we discussed in a previous blog entitled “6 Ways Regular Swimming Keeps You Energized, Healthy, and Young,”
swimming is one of the best forms of low-impact exercise available. Making a commitment to regular physical activity during childhood will not only help your child stay healthy during his or her youth, but it will also give him or her the tools needed for lifelong wellness.
5. Optimizes Mobility and Coordination
One of the reasons so many physical therapists recommend regular swimming to their patients is that it teaches and optimizes mobility and coordination. Swimming gives children the body control they need to excel in competitive swimming, other athletic endeavors, and everyday physical activities.
6. Provides Personal Safety Tools
Some parents enroll their children in swim lessons simply to teach water safety. You should never underestimate the importance of this benefit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in every five fatal drowning victims is under the age of 14.
Learning how to safely dive, float, and tread water gives your child important safety resources that he or she may need in your home pool, on vacation, or at a public pool.
7. Teaches Time Management
Because swimming requires preparation (like gathering supplies and changing into a suit) and a recovery period (for taking a shower and changing), it teaches children time management skills. Swimmers learn to account for all the steps involved in an activity, which helps them adjust to commutes, multi-step projects, and long-term projects.
If you already have a pool, ensure that your child knows how to use it safely and effectively. If you don’t currently have a pool in your backyard, consider investing in your property value, your health, and your child’s future. Talk to a pool contractor about your options today.
Swimming can bring your child hours of enjoyment, highly beneficial physical activity, and myriad other benefits. Set your child up for success when you enroll him or her in regular swim activities.
For more information about the benefits of pool usage, read our other blog posts.