Teaching kids to swim is the gift that keeps on giving - from an early age all the way into adulthood. Here are our top five reasons to put your kids in swim lessons:
Fitness and Health - this may seem like an obvious one, but participating in sports decreases the chances of childhood obesity. Swimming is a low impact sport with little chance of injury, that is a year round activity. As a cardio activity, its good for the heart, builds stamina, and increases flexibility.
Coordination - swimming builds coordination skills - learning to balance in the water, and moving your arms and legs simultaneously, as well as controlling your breathing.
Confidence and Motivation - Much like riding a bike without mom or dad behind her, your little one will gain confidence from being able to swim by herself. It teaches her to rely on herself in the water, and as she gets stronger, she’ll realize what she’s capable of - both in and out of the pool.
Team and Individual Sport - Swimming can be both social and individual - kids learn to work together with teammates as well as rely on themselves. Playing and working well with others is a skill that’ll help them in school and beyond.
Safety - the Center for Disease Control and other experts agree that the biggest reason that kids should know how to swim is safety. Unfortunately, drowning is the #2 cause of injury and death for children, and teaching them the skills to help themselves sets them up for success.